Pretoria airshow to showcase SA aviation

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Cape Town - South Africa’s best-loved air show is set to pull out all the stops on 9 and 10 May 2014 at Swartkops Air Force Base, just outside Pretoria.

South African Air Force Museum Air Show will showcase more than 100 different types of historic aircraft  - allowing an expected 30 000 visitors to get an up-close look.

This year’s event, themed 'Up where they belong', will host a range of activities and entertainment from ex-war birds showcasing South Africa’s rich aviation heritage, to an Anti-Poaching demonstration, a pyrotechnic display by the SA Army Engineer Formation as well as hundreds of aviation exhibitors.

South Africa’s favourite aircrafts, including all-time classics such as the Gripen, Hawk, Mirage, Cheetah and Silver Falcons, will fly high and provide beautiful visual displays.

Special appearances include the AN2 – a unique Russian plane from the Cold War in 1950 and the P51D, a World War 2 Mustang made by North American and one of the most famous fighter and Bomber Escort planes which dates back to 1940.        

Vic Zazeraj, Paramount Group Executive said: “Paramount Group is very excited to sponsor South Africa’s premier air show as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. This is a great time for us to be proud of our rich aerospace history and to be excited about future opportunities. South Africa is increasingly playing an important role in the global aerospace industry. Our industry has some of the best brains in the world who are developing some of the best aerospace technologies in the world. We need to celebrate this."

Low cost airline Mango will also host a two-day career exhibition for those interested in entering the industry. Entrance to the Mango Career Day is at no cost on Friday 9 May, with air show entrance fees payable on Saturday 10 May of R50 per person, under 12’s enter gratis.
Over the past year Mango has hosted and participated in several career days around the country. “A career in the aviation industry offers fare more than being a pilot or a member of cabin crew,” says CEO Nico Bezuidenhout, “whether it is finance, marketing, IT, engineering or catering; the broader sector holds many avenues for career exploration.”

Exhibitors at the Mango Career Day will include Mango, SAA, SA Express, the National Aeronautical Centre at WITS who will offer a mini-flight simulator experience to visitors, airports, tertiary institutions as well as professional institutions such as the Public Relations Institute of South Africa.

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