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Botswana Air Show

THE GABORONE International Airshow held at Sir Seretse Khama International airport recently, blasted into the record books with an outstanding “Wall of Fire” – over 500-metres in length as two BF-5s from the Botswana Defence Force Air Wing hurtled down the runway simulating a bombing run.

This was the third major aviation event hosted by Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) in four months, and continued the record-breaking streak.

gabarone airshow

According to Jillian Blackbeard, Executive Manager at BTO, said, “It was all about bringing aviation closer to the people, and bringing everybody together – people in the community, people from civil aviation, people from the Botswana Defence Force, Wildlife services, and the Ministry”.

The show was officially opened by the traditional parade of all the emergency service vehicles, classic cars, motorbikes, BTO, as well as the FMX bikers – a welcome for President Ian Khama, and then all the action started with a mass flypast. Two flag-carrying Bell 412s, a parachute drop with one parachutist carrying the biggest Botswana flag in the country.

gabarone airshow

Then it was the turn of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF); that had the crowds on their feet and rushing to the fence. It was a formation of the Super Puma flanked by two Airbus Helicopter AS350s, and a formation of four Pilatus PC7 Mk IIs. This was then followed by the Wildlife and National Parks formation of a Kodiak and four Jabirus.

While the air show continued, it was business as usual as Sir Seretse Khama International Airport continued to function and a total of 17 international flights continued throughout the day in between the air show acts, which added an extra wow factor for the crowd......................... For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.

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