Tag Archives: airshow

Tight Formation

Tight Formation

SAA pilots Scully Levin and Pierre Gouws put on a fantastic formation display in these Boeing 737s at the AAD air show in Cape Town this past weekend.  It was quite amazing to see these huge aircraft flying right on top of each other.

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Defensive Measures

Defensive Measures

An Oryx of the South African Air Force fires off flares during a demonstration at an airshow. These flares are a defensive measure; acting as decoys to draw heat-seeking missiles away from the aircraft.

Ysterplaat 2004

So we went to the air show on Saturday.  We were there at 7am when the gates opened and only left around 6pm when the last aircraft had flown.  Rory and I sat and stood on the flight line all day and I shot over 600 photos.  As you can imagine, I was exhausted and as I am responsible for cooking on weekends we hit McDonalds on the way home.  After eating and a shower I started sorting through my photos from the show but was soon nodding off at my keyboard so I went to bed around 9pm.  Yesterday I had some things to do so it was mid-afternoon before I got to working on my photos.  Sorting the keepers from the throwaways proved a bigger task than I expected so I only managed to process three photos last night.  I expect it will take me at least until next weekend to process and post all the ones I want to display.  Here are the three I have done so far.

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Air Show Fever

After a break of over a year we once again have an air show within striking distance.  So tomorrow, myself and the boys will be off to Ysterplaat AFB to see all the old favourites flying.  This time I have a decent camera so I’m hoping to get some good photos.