Pitts Special to Swartkops Airhow return

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Pitts Special to Swartkops Airhow return

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Postby gear up » Sun May 07, 2017 8:10 am

The day started with a early morning coffee at Rand and then it was time to prep the aircraft for the short flight over to Swartkops.

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Re: Pitts Special to Swartkops Airhow return

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Postby gear up » Sun May 07, 2017 8:12 am

I spent most of the way there upside down with Maj Coetser which was awesome..so I can't take credit for the pics :lol:

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Re: Pitts Special to Swartkops Airhow return

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Postby gear up » Sun May 07, 2017 8:18 am

There really is a lot of experience in the team, Capt D Spence, Capt J van Solms, Colonel G Warden, Maj P Coetser and then Capt Nigel Hopkins took the no 4 position for the display.

After a lovely 4 ship initial and formation break to the right we landed at Swartkops and settled in for the day refueling, putting smoke oil etc etc etc. it was hot and lovely weather for the huge crowd which turned out for the Airshow. Always a good day out meeting the various characters. I thought it was a great show. People don't realize the expense these guys go through to keep these machines in the impeccable order that they are in.

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Re: Pitts Special to Swartkops Airhow return

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Postby gear up » Sun May 07, 2017 8:22 am

It was then time to route back to Rand before the sunset where we did another 4 ship formation initial and break to the right off runway 29.

After that it was time to pack up, a few beers,wine and a good dinner.

It really is eye opening to watch the professionalism of a team like this with briefing, maintenance, planning etc etc.

My favorite time of the year, Airshow season :champion: :beer3:

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Postby Bell 407 » Sun May 07, 2017 10:56 am

Dylan, what a fantastic insight into the flight to and from Swatkops. Seriously lucky chap to have experienced that and fantastic pictures from the Pitts.

Awesome indeed :champion: :champion: :champion: :champion:

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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Sun May 07, 2017 5:59 pm

Cool pics :thumbs: must have been quite a cool experience. Why didn't you fly with Dennis?

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Postby gear up » Sun May 07, 2017 8:03 pm

Moertoe Pilut wrote:Cool pics :thumbs: must have been quite a cool experience. Why didn't you fly with Dennis?


I normally fly with Paul or Solly as Dennis leads so he cruises straight and level while we play around the lead aircraft and have some fun :cool2:
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Postby gear up » Sun May 07, 2017 8:06 pm

All safely locked away this evening after some post show maintenance :sleeping:

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Re: Pitts Special to Swartkops Airhow return

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Postby gear up » Mon May 08, 2017 8:18 am

A link to a summary of the Airshow: Swartkops Airshow 2017
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Postby Bell 407 » Mon May 08, 2017 8:22 am

gear up wrote:A link to a summary of the Airshow

Looks like a great event :champion:

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Postby great dane » Mon May 08, 2017 11:36 am

Way cool GU. Love the in-flight formation pics :thumbsup1:

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Postby Bell 407 » Tue May 09, 2017 9:31 pm

And here (posted on behalf of GU), a bit of a cockpit view of the Goodyear Eagles routing from Rand to the Swartkops Airhow on Saturday. Upside down and all around :champion: :champion:

https://youtu.be/W1ixWqlzeTA

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Postby great dane » Wed May 10, 2017 7:31 am

Superb video :thumbsup1:

Here comes that bucket list again :crazy1:

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Postby Bell 407 » Wed May 10, 2017 7:35 am

great dane wrote:Here comes that bucket list again :crazy1:

I see you also want to look like a tonsil with a headcap-headset thingy on :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

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Postby gear up » Wed May 10, 2017 9:21 am

:thanx: :lol:

It is always lots of fun :beer3:
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Postby Bell 407 » Wed May 10, 2017 9:53 am

Again (posted on behalf of GU), more fun stuff for our departure out of Swartkops for Rand. 3 ship departure to join up with 4th Pitts Special.

https://youtu.be/-UTrDZCwMwY

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Postby Bell 407 » Fri May 12, 2017 9:41 pm

And another post on behalf of GU, here a loop of the Goodyear Eagles Formation at the Swartkops Airshow.

https://youtu.be/e_29fcA3hQ0


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