Wonderboom Airport north of Pretoria is getting ready to host the second annual Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airport Show between 9 and 11 June.
This year’s show will for the first time feature South African Air Force (SAAF) participation, with the Silver Falcons aerobatic team and a Gripen fighter jet taking to the skies, while an Augusta 109 Light Utility Helicopter will be on static display.
“The Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airport Show is back and we are excited to bring you an adrenaline filled line up. Over and above the usual airshow favourites this year we plan to bring some exciting never have seen before acts. Having won the [African Pilot] 2016 airshow of the year award means we must up the ante, and we intend doing just that,” said Christian Maiorana, Show Boss.
“In the present global economic environment where over regulation also plays a big role, the trend is that we have fewer shows and therefore the Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airport Show brings a new dimension to airshows by combining air displays, car and bike racing, as well as some extreme stunts in the air as well as on the ground”, said Chris Briers, show Air Boss.
For the first time at a South African airshow, there will be the ‘Up and Over’, an airshow act that sees a motorbike backflip over an aircraft as it flies under the bike. On Saturday evening (10 June) only, there will be a Jetcar Meltdown – another first for a South African airshow, as well as a wall of fire, fireworks display, and the spectacular Puma Energy Harvard Flying Lions Night display. Sunday only will have a Jetcar smoke blowout.
Other highlights include a truck top landing, Bell 407 and bike race, glider aerobatics, drag bikes, supercar exhibition and race, GoodYear Eagles Pitt Specials aerobatic team, and Formula Renault and Afrix motorsport cars.
The show is sponsored by SA Airlink, which on 11th June celebrates 25 years in its current iteration with uninterrupted leadership. Accordingly, the programme for the Sunday show (11th June) will include a special acknowledgement of this momentous occasion, the organisers said during the media launch day on 18 May.
Paramount, which has its Ahrlac aircraft factory at Wonderboom, is another partner of the show. Nico de Klerk, Director, Group Communications of Paramount Group said, “Spectators will not be able to miss our superhero robot – ‘Parabot’, towering 10 metres above the show. In addition, we will be displaying our world-leading family of Mbombe armoured vehicles, including the Mbombe 4 that is the fastest armour vehicle in the world, and our new generation 6×6 and 8×8 Infantry Combat Vehicles.
“Another big treat for spectators awaits in the form of our canine anti-poaching demonstration featuring the Guinness World Record team for the first ever anti-poaching skydiving dog, Arrow. The anti-poaching capability showcase will involve Arrow and his handler doing a tandem skydive; this will be followed by more canines showing off their amazing skills by rappelling from helicopters, chasing and apprehending ‘poachers’ in an action-packed demonstration.”
Photo: Russel Dixon-Paver.