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Post by great dane » Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:37 pm

Better start a AAD topic - will be heading off to Namibia next Friday or Saturday so not sure how much I will have time to post before going.

Anyway first arrival in - AF1001 Hongdu L-15 Zambian Air Force arriving Waterkloof AFB this afternoon, here as seen from the comfort of my terrace :cool2:
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Post by Bell 407 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:02 pm

Thank you GD for starting the thread. You are so close by I'm sure we will get a running commentary as to what is happening on site :clap: :clap:

PS, who gave you approval for leave next week? Certainly was not any one of us on this site :thinking: :thinking:



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Post by great dane » Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:27 pm

Bell 407 wrote:PS, who gave you approval for leave next week? Certainly was not any one of us on this site :thinking: :thinking:

Didn't have a say in that, wife decided a mokoro trip in the Caprivi was more important than airshows (I will also miss the Gabs one!). Can't say I mind though :biggrin:



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Post by great dane » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:01 am

They fly all wrong for me to catch them between the books :crybaby:

Here the arrival of the Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B VIP RA-89053

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Post by great dane » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:09 am

Noted so far

00-0177 C-17A Globemaster USAF
88-2101 HC-130N Combat King
AF607 Avic MA-60 Zambia AF
AF1001/1003 Hongdu L-15 Falcon Zambia AF
F-HIPK Falcon 7X
N280GU Gulfstream 280
N650GA Gulfstream 650
OE-FSB Diamond DA-62
RA-89053 Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B VIP RA-89053
VH-OPV Seabird Seeker
VH-PPG Dornier 328-110

Not yet confirmed at WK
16710 Casa 295 Portuguese AF
OE-VFT Diamond DA-62
N165SH Cessna 208
N239KF Beech B200GT King Air
N350ER Beech B300 King Air 350C Special Missions
N407GT Bell 407GX
N613CL Cessna 680A Citation Latitude
N3000B Beech T-6C
06-8159 C-130J USAF
? KC-135 USAF
? Casa 212 Zimbabwe AF


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Post by 87Juliet » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:56 am

great dane wrote:Noted so far

N3000B Beech T-6C



Here she comes....

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Post by 87Juliet » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:52 pm

87Juliet wrote:
great dane wrote:Noted so far

N3000B Beech T-6C



Here she comes....

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Just touched down at FALA to clear customs.

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Post by Bell 407 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:53 pm

A very nice growing list you have there GD :good:



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Post by great dane » Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:21 pm

87Juliet wrote:Just touched down at FALA to clear customs.

Nice, seems there are customs at WK though, the G650 and SSJ at least both went direct.



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Post by Bell 407 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:33 pm

87Juliet wrote:Just touched down at FALA to clear customs.

Customs: Anything to decalre?
Pilot: Yes Sir, one smallish fighter trainer :haha: :haha:



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Post by great dane » Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:59 am

kakweather.co.za

Guess I will wait a bit and see what the weather does :pine:



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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:07 am

great dane wrote:kakweather.co.za

Morning GD, yes a bit of kak weather in Jo'burg I see. Here in the south it is blowing quite hard and starting to clear. I get the feeling it will clear up later on :good:



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:48 am

I heard the C-17 coming in last night on a "Reach" callsign. Was around 20:30 or so going into FAWK.



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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:07 pm

great dane wrote:kakweather.co.za

I was mistaken that the kak weather would improve because sadly, it's still kak :thinking:



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Post by great dane » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:45 pm

Bell 407 wrote:
great dane wrote:kakweather.co.za

I was mistaken that the kak weather would improve because sadly, it's still kak :thinking:

Weather now much improved, but show is over for the day.

A few tasters shortly :surrender:



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Post by great dane » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:21 pm

Despite the weather I did go and have a look at the AAD Expo at Waterkloof today. One of the highlights for me was a visit to this 53 year old US Air Force KC-135R. Although these days spending most of its time in and around Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan 63-7985 is based at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, flew to South Africa from Tinker via stops in Puerto Rica and on Ascension Islands. Long chat with the boom operator as he had been refueling lots of Danish F-16 over/near Iraq in the last few months.

63-7985 KC-135R Stratotanker
Image63-7985_14Sep16-FAWK by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Nice nose art, names "High Winds'
Image63-7985_14Sep16-FAWK-nose by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

View of the wing of KC-135 with a C-17 Globemaster III and a C-130J Hercules in the back
Image63-7985_14Sep16-FAWK-wing by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Up front, doesn't look much like the 707s I have seen. Guess it got a mayor avionics upgrade when it had the JT3s engines replaced by CFM56s back in 1998.
Image63-7985_14Sep16-FAWK-ocokpit by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

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Post by 87Juliet » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:27 pm

Nice nice nice!!


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Post by great dane » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:49 pm

Another nice visit was to the CDC Aviation chalet where they had a fullsize mockup of the Cirrus SF-50 Jet on display. Sexiest thing I have seen in some time :cool2:
ImageSF50-mockup_14Sep16-2 by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

ImageSF50-mockup_14Sep16-1 by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

The 'cockpit' - great windows with 180+ degree views with pilot seat is in position
ImageSF50-mockup_14Sep16-FAWK-Cockpit by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

7-seat is a bit stupid, but an awesome and roomy 5 seater
ImageSF50-mockup_14Sep16-FAWK-Cabin by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Oh and I heard that CDC will have a South African demonstrator flying around in the future - hopefully February 2017 :cool1:



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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:05 pm

Stonking pics there GD of that Boeing 707 / KC-135R. Lovely lines indeed :cool2:

Not sure about the Cirrus though. Outside looks really cool :clap: but the inside looks more like the Virgin Galactic design :thinking:

Thank you for taking the time to post. Sincerely appreciated by myself and others not around FAWK :thumbsup1:



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