Wonderboom Airport gearing up for first ever Adrenaline show


Wonderboom Airport north of Pretoria will soon be hosting a major civilian air and automotive show on 11 June as part of its 80th birthday celebrations.

In a recent statement, the organisers said there will be a 4.1 km racetrack and a 950-meter drag race strip that will give airshow attendees a unique mix of aviation and motorsport. Another first for an airshow will be the hosting of the Street Rod and Muscle Car Nationals.

Friday 10 June will be marked as Career Day, aimed at making learners aware of the career opportunities in the world of aviation and the motorsport industries. Saturday will be the main show day.

A wide and varied array of activities and demonstrations are planned for the show. Every day there will be three paradrops with six to eight jumpers, and a wing suit display from PAC P750 aircraft, with the P750 flying in formation with the jumpers.

On the aerial side, there will be two Harvard displays (in the day and at dusk), Scully Levine will land his aircraft on top of a moving vehicle (something that has not been done in South Africa for seven years); a truck top parachute landing by Graham Field (something which has never been done before); a Huey display (which will involve picking up and dropping a car); a display by a Mango 737-800; L-39 vs Impala display; glider aerobatics performed by Gary Whitecross; RV formation; T-28 Trojan formation; Torre Pitts Special formation; Thunder Mustang solo display; Slick 540 display and a race between the Extra 330 and Bell 407. Menno Parsons’ Mustang Sally will fly displays and one of the Mustangs will also fly past a wall of fire.

On the automotive side, a superbike race will see 20 superbikes race around the track; four Nissan GTRs will race each other; dragsters will compete on the dragstrip; and two Formula A1 racing cars will do laps around the track. Hotrods, Wesbank saloons, a Formula 1 Renault car and a jet car will also entertain the crowds.

A spectacular stunt will involve motorbike and aircraft, with a rider jumping and ramping over Nigel Hopkin flying underneath in his Extra 330SC. Nigel will perform his regular display as well as racing a Porsche, with the Extra flying around pylons. A Bell 407 flown by Menno Parsons will also race superbikes around the track. Parsons will also fly the Bell over two cars being drifted around the track.

Paramount will be contributing a dog and helicopter show, with its canines being airlifted in to apprehend simulated poachers on the ground.

The Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airport Show is taking place in partnership with the City of Tshwane, Airlink and the tenants of Wonderboom Airport, represented by the Wonderboom Airport Interest Group (WAIG), which are hosting the show in order to see the airport flourish. Airlink aims to promote its daily flights between Pretoria and Cape Town from Wonderboom through the show.

Another partner for the show is the Hot Rod Shop, which will bring Street Rods, supercars and muscle cars to the show.