The Silver Falcons really turned it on for the thousands of people who attended the Navy Festival in Simon’s Town this past weekend.
The team, led by Major Beau Skarda, flew three displays over the headquarters of the SA Navy fleet from AFB Ysterplaat. What many on the ground were not aware of was that there was a change in the livery of the Pilatus PC-7 flown by the team.
The spinner is now natural metal and not blue in colour.
“The reason for this is the spinners normally come complete with the prop already painted in undercoat white, ready for the top application, normally red or blue for the Silver Falcons,” said Dean Wingrin, the man behind the unofficial SA Air Force (SAAF) website.
“The latest batch of spinners arrived in natural metal and the thinking was ‘it would look good on the Silver Falcons aircraft’. It was tried and all agreed so all the Falcons aircraft were changed.”
With the first of nine scheduled appearances successfully completed, the Silver Falcons now head to Durban for this long weekend’s Land, Sea and Air Festival.
The re-appearance of the team on the South African airshow circuit was confirmed by SAAF Air Command General Officer Commanding, Major General Wiseman Mlambo in October. With the exception of last year’s SAAF Museum airshow the Falcons were grounded as part of the overall austerity drive in the cash-strapped airborne arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).
The only other appearance confirmed to date for the Silver Falcons is the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition at AFB Waterkloof in September.