If you like your machines big, noisy or faster than sound – though we can’t guarantee all three in one – you’ll love the Africa Aerospace and Defence expo. The show runs until this Sunday, September 21, at Waterkloof Air Force Base, Centurion.
Styling itself the premier exhibition of air, sea and land technologies on the African continent, AAD opened on Wednesday past. The first three days have been devoted to the trade; the weekend, though, is when most of the action will happen. That’s when the event is thrown open to the public for the air show.
According to the organisers, highlights include a world-class air demonstration, mobility track demonstrations, parachute drops and aerobatic displays. Of course, there are many static displays in several halls from some of the biggest names in the aviation and defence industry. In addition to this there are organised children’s activities and attractions, including a Youth Development Programme in a dedicated Pavilion. Interactive activities range from plastic model building to virtual and simulated aviation, target shooting, first-aid and crime scene investigation.
To whet your appetite, check out our gallery for a selection of what we saw during the trade days.
Tickets are available at the gate or on Computicket. Entry is R70 for adults and R60 for pensioners and under-12s, with a R10 discount for online purchases. Free secure parking is available on the grounds of the base.