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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2018, 20:35 
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Hi

I was lucky enough to attend the Farnborough Airshow a few weeks ago, which got me thinking about airshows in general. I've been attending them since I was a child and in mind the best one I've ever been to was the SAAF's 75 Anniversary Airshow in 1995. I've never been to Oshkosh or any big US shows, but the SAAF's dau in 1996 was pretty special. Almost all the big airforces were represented and Red Arrows, SU-27 Flanker, F16, Mirage III, and many other put on flying displays. Actually a bigger variety of serious modern military hardware than I saw at Farnborough last month. I dug out my photos and was reminded of some of the static displays I'd forgotten about.
Here are some of my old pictures I've scanned in so far. No digital in 1995, so a big gritty after having been scanned.

Anyone else have recollections or pictures of the day? Especially the flying displays?


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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2018, 21:27 
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SAAF 75 was the best airshow ever seen in South Africa. I distinctly remember the experience.

So many highlights, too many to mention but here are few:
-The show opening with the Silver Falcons then the Super Mirage was amazing.
-Then the USAF F-16 came screeching down the runway into a half cuban.
-The Red Arrows were phenomenal.
-Our Looping and Rolling Rooivalk.
-The French Air Force Mirage 2000 crazy flight showed us the capability of fly by wire.
-The SAAF 2V1 Cheetah display, was aggressive and demonstrated to the world the SAAF could still hold its own.
- But the biggest highlight was arguably the "cobra" maneuver that was flown by the SU-35 (709). People still talk about that.

It was just unfortunate that it rained on the Saturday.


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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2018, 22:24 
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Youtube has everything...

Waterkloof AFB 10-1995 1


Waterkloof AFB 10-1995 2


Waterkloof AFB 10-1995 3


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PostPosted: 06 Aug 2018, 08:57 
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Took video and pictures somewhere in the trommel at home will have to dig them out,yes I was 20 years old with SAAF 75 had my Canon eos 500 Film camera and jvc video recorder,was an awesome time in my life and to be there was even better,the F-16 flew the saturday in low cloud a display I will never forget and the SU-35 COBRA..the Friday,the Friday afternoon later was a bad dust storm,I remember being covered in dust.The red arrows for me was clearly the highlight and the SU-35 and the mirage 2000.

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If remember correctly there was also a Mig29 that did a Cobra. Was good to walk around the Mig29 on static display.


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PostPosted: 06 Aug 2018, 23:00 
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100ponder wrote:
If remember correctly there was also a Mig29 that did a Cobra. Was good to walk around the Mig29 on static display.


Hi 100Ponder

The Mig-29 UB did a tail slide. Another slick maneuver was the barrel roll into a alpha climb.


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PostPosted: 08 Aug 2018, 10:55 
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Airfire wrote:
. . . and the SU-35 COBRA. . .
The Cobra? Well that's nice but. . .

I was at AFB LT when the SU35 was operating from 2Sqn for a while (just before the actual SAAF75 airshow I think), trying to convince the SAAF that SU35 was the aircraft to buy. The Su35 pilot gave us a display which included the standard Cobra as well as a sideways Cobra. And there was none of this administrative stuff about only doing manoeuvres away from spectators - he was right overhead or pulling out as he headed towards us etc. Good stuff.


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