For any aircraft fanatic, visiting popular airshows are a way of submersing yourself in a world you are passionate about and South Africa has some fantastic air shows throughout the year showcasing the best in military and commercial aircrafts providing an opportunity for South African pilots and aviation enthusiasts to come together for top notch aircraft demonstrations.
The Rand Airshow held at Rand Airport in August is a great family event that parades some outstanding aviation acrobatics and flying. This show incorporates some of South Africaâ€™s top military aircraft and pilots as well as the most innovative in commercial planes and helicopters. In past years the SAAF museum has supported the event with outstanding displays of historical planes. This year promises to be a fantastic display of Aerobatics and home team flying so make sure to add it to your calendar.
Another popular South African air show worth visiting is the South African Air Force Museum show held at Swartkops air force base in May. Over the years the SAAF have dazzled the crowds with the best in historical military aircrafts and aerobatics. This event usually draws crowds of over 20 000 throughout the weekend long event and has been awarded the best South African air show for 2011 and 2012. The show includes displays from Microliters, team aerobatics displays as well as displays from crowd favourites such as the Gripen and Astra (Silver Falcons). This is an event aimed at aircraft connoisseur and their families with plenty to do and get involved in all weekend long.
For a more international aircraft experience there are shows that are phenomenal displays of international planes and helicopters. The Farnborough Airshow in England displays not only commercial and private aircraft but also has fascinating exhibits and seminars on space crafts as well as family attractions that include flight simulators, play parks and steam fairs. With camping grounds as well as a number of beautiful hotels within walking distance this three day event is the perfect excuse to experience this fine display of historical and modern aircraft dating back to WWI.
Another outstanding international airshow is the Oshkosh Airventure held in Wisconsin USA in July. This five day event is one of the largest air shows in the world displaying possibly the best in international aerobatics on a daily basis. The most interesting part of this event however is the static aircraft displays available to the audience, from their wide range of Boeings to their historical display of warbirds and museum of rare and unique airplanes. The Oshkosh Airventure event draws thousands of the most aviation-savvy audience on the planet giving you the opportunity to mingle with like-minded aircraft enthusiasts from around the world and is definitely a show worth visiting.
With so many shows available throughout the year, aviation fanatics will have plenty of opportunities to see the best in historical and modern aircrafts right here in South Africa as well as internationally. To make sure you donâ€™t miss a single show visit Airshow South Africa for all the information on the latest air shows including ticket prices and dates.