Silver Falcons to soar at Airfest

Incredible aerobatic stunts and entertainment in store

SPEED OF SOUND: It is time again for some high flying excitement and entertainment when the annual Airfest takes place next weekend. David Mandel with his Albatros L39 fighter jet, with wife Paula strapped in the co-pilot’s chair, did aerial stunts at speeds of more than 400km/h at last year’s event Picture: ETHIENNE ARENDS

THE Silver Falcons, the South African Airforce’s aerobatics team, will take part in the third annual Airfest at Wings Park for the first time.

The Falcons are sure to be a highlight of the event, as will flying clubs from around the country which will descend on Wings Park airfield on May 27 and 28.

Spectators will be in for a weekend of high-flying action and live entertainment, plus flips in aircraft for adrenalin junkies.

The Airfest was started by the Border Aviation Club, which still organises the event, with GO & Express and big sister newspaper Daily Dispatch on board as media sponsors.

Jason Mark, the Airfest’s marketing coordinator, said: “We’ll have a beer garden, live music and entertainment throughout both days, a kids’ and family zone, and static aircraft displays.

“People can also tick off a few bucket-list items, like going for an aircraft ride. Braver people can try tandem skydiving.”

Mark said this would be East London’s biggest air show since 2009.

HIGH FLYERS: There will not only be aircrafts providing the high flying action, but also the freestyle motocross riders

Some of the action will include:

●The Silver Falcons will perform on both days. An SAAF BK-117 helicopter and a SAAF Gripen fighter jet will also make an appearance in the skies;

●SA aerobatic champion Patrick Davidson will perform in his SU-31 aerobatic aircraft;

●Local aviator Mark Oostingh, who recently flew his World War 1 Tigermoth aircraft from Crete to South Africa, will do an aerobatic display in his Zlin aerobatic aircraft;

●The Savannah, an aircraft built in Gonubie, will take to the air;

●Freestyle motocross star Jason Hannan will defy gravity his way;

●A man will jump from 6000 feet, gliding through the air with the aid of a wingsuit;

●The Daily Dispatch cycle tour MTB race will start and finish at the Airfest on May 28. Riders enter free.

●Rugby games will be screened.

The show opens at 9am on both days. Tickets, on sale at the entrance, are R70 for adults, R30 for children free for littlies under two.

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