‘South Africa’s Best Air Show’ returns to Zwartkop in Pretoria on 10 May. Join 30 000 airheads, families and friends and experience more than 100 different types of historic aircraft up-close, as they take to the sky at the Paramount Group South African Air Force Museum Air Show.
Teaming up with Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned defence and aerospace business, the South African Air Force Museum promises that this year’s event, themed: “Up where they belong”, will be bigger and better with a range of activities and entertainment; from ex-war birds showcasing South Africa’s rich aviation heritage, to an anti-poaching demonstration, a pyrotechnic display by the SA Army Engineer Formation, vendors and food stalls and hundreds of aviation exhibitors.
South Africa’s favourite aircraft, including all-time classics such as the Gripen, Hawk, Mirage, Cheetah and Silver Falcons, will fly high and provide beautiful visual displays. Special appearances include the AN2 – a unique Russian plane from the Cold War in 1950, and the P51D, a World War 2 Mustang made by North America and one of the most famous fighter and Bomber Escort planes which dates back to 1940.
Vic Zazeraj, Paramount Group executive, said: “Paramount Group is very excited to sponsor South Africa’s premier air show as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. This is a great time for us to be proud of our rich aerospace history and to be excited about future opportunities. South Africa is increasingly playing an important role in the global aerospace industry. Our industry has some of the best brains in the world who are developing some of the best aerospace technologies in the world. We need to celebrate this.
“Our young engineers are currently developing a revolutionary South African-designed and developed aircraft, AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft), destined for a wide range of civilian and military tasks around the world. Just a few miles from Zwartkops airbase our factories produce thousands of components for the giant Airbus A380 and for Boeing airliners. Local achievements in aviation deserve to be recognised, and the air show helps us do exactly that. Throughout our challenging history, Africans have developed a reputation for resilience and innovation,” adds Zazeraj.
For the little ones, there will be kiddies’ entertainment, and for the folks, a social beer garden with spectacular views of the aircraft. Flying schools from across the country will also be on display to provide further information to curious and inquisitive guests interested in aviation. In addition to this, the South African Air Force Museum will host an Aviation Career Expo on Friday 9 May, for thousands of scholars interested in pursuing a career in aviation.
The must-attend event will begin at 9:30am and gates open at 6am. Tickets can be purchased at the entry gate or at the SAAF Museum for R50 per person. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Parking areas include the area in the vicinity of the Bays Hill Memorial on Trichardt Road and the area north of Trichardt Road opposite AFB Zwartkop. Further secure parking is also available in the old “SAAF Gymnasium” at R20 per vehicle. The Gautrain will provide services on the show day to Centurion station – from there the Gautrain bus service will operate to deliver air show spectators to the base.
For further information about Paramount Group or aviation career opportunities, visit www.paramountgroup.biz or follow the company on Twitter @paramountgroup1. For further information about the air show, visit www.saafmuseum.airshow.com.za or call (012) 351-2501.