Already “a must” on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year’s Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2 will have an added – aerial – attraction.
The monument, on the southern side of the Pretoria central business district, will provide a viewing platform for a flight of three Alouette helicopters and a Border War era Bosbok reconnaissance aircraft. Some specialist helicopter aerobatics will follow before the rotary-winged aircraft touch down for an up close and personal session with the pilots.
The Cannon Society of South Africa has indicated some of its members will be bringing replica cannons to the Monument to joint its own cannon, Susana, in a controlled live fire demonstration at noon.
The SA Army Armour and Air Defence Artillery formations will have specialist vehicles and equipment on display and Milkor, a long time military fair supporter, will again be present with it Supersix 40mm grenade launcher.
The increasing popularity of the fair among military memorabilia collectors is evidenced by 10 more stalls this year said organiser Geraldine Paulsen.
“Bother the former Koevoet and Rhodesian Light Infantry units have taken stalls alongside others selling books, medals, uniforms and military art,” she said.
Another highlight is the presence of some 40 military re-enactors with World War II vehicles.
The fair opens at 09h00 and finishes seven hours later with an entrance free of R30 per vehicle, regardless of the number of occupants.