Saturday, October 25, 2008

Port Elizabeth Airshow 2008

Today we had the annual Port Elizabeth Airshow. It is one of the big events on the events calender here in town and have participation from the South African Airforce, Acrobatic teams, Police and Rescue aircraft as well as private aircraft. All the funds raised through the event goes to the MTR Smit Children's Home. There were tons of people today and even though the winds blew a bit, the show went on and it was awesome. Now I'm not a aircraft fundi, so I won't go into what each plane is, just what we saw.

The smoke apparently is formed by having diesel go onto the exhaust of the plane and it burns off there to form the smoke. There is a third member to this team and at one stage two of the planes made a heart with the smoke and the third plane made the arrow through the heart. Super, even in the wind.
I think this was called a mirrored flyby. These guys were outstanding.

The South African Airforce had a couple of aircraft taking part. This big boy first did a display on how they use the bucket under the helicopter to drop water on a fire. It then dropped the bucket off and put the helicopter through its paces. Amazing what such a big helicopter can do with a skilled pilot behind the "wheel".

7 comments:

  1. Fantastic shots, and your lovely blue sky (lucky you) sets these images off beautifully.

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  2. Cool shots. I bet you have many more. It has been quite a few years sense I have been to an air show. Used to see a couple a year when I was in the military! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I also enjoyed the show yesterday but was not able to publish any pics yesterday, as I could not get onto blogger.
    Nice shots.

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  4. Very nice shots. I haven't been to an air show in a while.

    I found out that the star from my Black Star post was used to help keep the building from shifting after they are built. It is basically a large bolt that runs through walls with a nut on the end that can be tighten when needed.

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  5. Wow - I REALLY love these shots, they are awesome!

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  6. I think these little bi-planes are Pitts Specials?? They used to be flown by off-duty SAA pilots in the days when Smirnoff still sponsored them - wonder if they still are? Awesome shots!

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