Silver Falcons and supersonic car for the next Ysterplaat Aviators Evening

The next Aviators Evening to be hosted by Force Base Ysterplaat onThursday 8 October 2015 is sure to set the pulse racing for both aviation and motor car enthusiasts alike.

In days gone by, the Southern Airforce was always looked upon a little askance by those living in the northern province. Not in a bad way of course, but those in the South always seemed to have a more relaxed way of living and working.

These days, airshows in the southern and western Cape are few and far between. But that doesn’t mean aviation enthusiasts have been forgotten. Those tireless folk at AFB Ysterplaat (Cape Town) ensure that both professional pilot and the aviation enthusiast can meet in an informal manner and take in all things aviation for an evening every couple of months.

Whilst an air display by the South African Air Force Silver Falcons aerobatic team will be a definite drawcard, the main event  at the upcoming Aviators Evening will be the Bloodhound replica car (13,4 meter scale 1:1 modular version). The Bloodhound SSC, a jet and rocket powered car, is designed to go faster than the speed of sound. Dave Rowley, the Director Education of the Bloodhound SSC Project will give a detailed presentation.

Complementing the Bloodhound SSC display will be a selection of Wesbank Car of the Year (COTY) competition entrants, together with a presentation by the chairman of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ).

Also on display will be current and historical aircraft from the SAAF Museum collection, as well as classic motor vehicles.

The following day, October 9, the airforce base will host an open day for all Grade 10-12 schoolchildren (no members from the public). The theme will encompass STEM education (referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics).


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