SA airports, airspace buzzing for Obama

2013-06-28 16:58

With the expected arrival of the US first family at Waterkloof Airforce Base on Friday evening, Pretoria's airspace has been closed to all other air traffic, 5fm news reports. 

According to EWN security has been beefed up across South Africa's airspace with military helicopters - both local and from the US - seen flying over Sandton, Illovo and Pretoria on Tuesday.

A similar drill took place in Cape Town on Thursday, as a Black Hawk, which will reportedly transport the US president, and two Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights hovered over the Mother City, Die Burger reports

Sightings of US Air Force planes have also been reported at Cape Town International and Lanseria Airports throughout the week. 

The rare occurrence has had the Twitterverse buzzing. See what people have been saying.

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