Durban Air Show: thrilling speed of Mirage set to stun audience

2010-07-14 00:00

SIXTEEN minutes from Pretoria to Durban — that’s the kind of speed the Durban Air Show will be featuring, especially since veteran Mirage display pilot Lieutenant Colonel Glen Warden has confirmed he will be at the show on Saturday in his Mirage III CZ.

Warden served in the South African Air Force (SAAF) as a permanent force officer for 21 years, starting in 1974, and continues to retain his association with the SAAF as a reserve officer.

Hailing from Pietermaritzburg and graduating from Maritzburg College, Warden initially joined the SAAF as a national serviceman.

After successful pilot selection, he began his SAAF training on Harvards at Dunnottar and later on Impalas at AFB Langebaanweg before being transferred to 4 Squadron.

“This is very exciting as the Mirage is a crowd thriller and will delight the 5 000 spectators expected,” said Ray de Vries, spokesperson for the event.

“This comes as a great relief for us as the aircraft was going to be unavailable due to it being serviced. Interestingly, the Mirage will take just 16 minutes to fly from Pretoria to Durban,” said De Vries.

The Durban Wings Club, hosts of the show at Virginia Airport, expects over 100 aircraft to arrive in Durban before Friday evening.

Ticket prices have been kept the same as last year for the show — R90 for adults and R40 for seniors and children.

More than 50 participants at the show are set to wow the more than 15 000 spectators and 250 000 more who will be watching from beaches, hotels, restaurants and homes, from Umhlanga to downtown Durban.

“We urge the public to purchase tickets from as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Our website has all the details and parking advice to help the public have a terrific day of entertainment” said De Vries.

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