August 2016 tour postponed to 2nd half of 2017 - Updates to follow

 

September 2014

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In 2014 a good few people were coming to South Africa to fly the Douglas DC-4 from Rand Airport to the African Aerospace and Defense show at Waterkloof AFB. That gave me the idea to try and arrange a couple of additional flights on funny aircraft. After many ideas and much interest we ended up with a very small group. That didn't stop us from having some awesome flights though.

 

We met at OR Tambo on a Friday morning. Drove onto Lanseria where our first aircraft a 1982 Hawker Siddeley 125-700B was waiting to take us on a short flight to Pilanesberg and back. We departed Lanseria and flew fairly low above the the Magalisberg to Pilanesberg where we made a touch-&-go and circled the game reserve before landing. After a short break we headed back to Lanseria with a detour via Rand Airport for a go around. My most enjoyable flight to date!

 

 

After landing at Lanseria we moved onto Rand Airport where we had another two flights lined up for the afternoon, both of which were sightseeing flights above Johannesburg CBD. Our first was on Springboks Classic Air Beech E18S and in the last light of the day on a Bell 222UT (Airwolf).

 

 

Saturday morning we joined the two South African Airways Historic Flight/SkyClass Aviation DC-4s on flights to Waterkloof and back.

 

 

Sunday should have started with an early King Air 90 flight to Welgevonden Game Reserve for a dirt strip bush landing and Game Drive. Unfortunately the King Air broke down and the only replacement I could find in the short time available was a Cessna Caravan. The group decided against the Caravan and the morning trip was cancelled. We had one more flight to go though, so we met up again at Wonderboom Airport for a 1972 Citation I flight to Pilanesberg and back before people caught their flights back home.

 

 

For me it was the first time arranging something like this including chartering several aircraft, which was a huge learning experience but all in all it turned out to be a great weekend.

 

I guess I should thank the guinea pigs for believing in the project, even if early ideas like the Learjet 25, Aero Commander 500 and DC-3 didn't materialize.

 

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