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Air Africa International 1975


INTRODUCTION

Air Africa International 1975 (AAI ’75), the first of the biennial series of aviation exhibitions that became a regular feature of the South African aviation scene, was held at Lanseria Airport (ICAO code FALA) from 30 September to 5 October 1975.


Cover of souvernier World Airnews October 1975.
 
In my personal opinion the highlights of AAI ’75 were the maiden appearance of Spitfire IX Evelyn and the superb display of flying skills by Bob Hoover (ace test pilot of Rockwell; African debut) in the Shrike Commander. I recall that I stood in awe while watching him manoeuvring the aircraft around the sky. The American aerobatic champion, Tom Poberezny, also gave a superb aerobatic display in a Pitts Special. The Lake LA4 Buccaneer amphibian was seen for the first time in South Africa. The Silver Falcons gave a superb display of formation aerobatics.
 
The first four days of AAI ’75 were trade days, and the last two public days. More than 100 manufacturers provided a selection of products from the USA, Canada, England, France and several other European countries as well as Australia. More than 100 000 people visited the show.
 
Various exhibitors agreed that Africa’s first international aviation trade fare was an “outstanding success”. Officially orders to the value of R5 million were placed. The biggest seller was the Scorpion Too minicopter. Twenty-eight of these DIY helicopters were sold during the first three days.
 
Air Africa International 1975 proved that there was a need for a biennial African trade fare of worldclass quality.
 
30 September 1975
 
124 Puma Brought minister PW Botha
127 Puma SAAF
257 Vampire SAAF
301 Super Frelon Flying
339 Transall 28 Squadron SAAF
404 Hercules 28 Squadron SAAF
412 Buccaneer 24 Squadron SAAF; flying
452 Canberra 12 Squadron SAAF
489 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
491 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
507 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
525 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
566 Impala Mk I SAAF
613 Alouette III SAAF
614 Alouette III SAAF
883 Albatross 27 Squadron SAAF
934 Bosbok SAAF, 41 Squadron
938 Bosbok SAAF
1467 DH82A  
PT672 Spitfire IX Code WR/RR
ZS-IZF Atlas C4M Atlas Aircraft Corporation
 
Also flying:    Five Mirage III CZs
                     One Super Frelon
                     One Alouette III
 
2 October 1975
 
PT672 Spitfire IX Code WR/RR
 
4 October 1975
 
26 Alouette III SAAF
133 Puma 19 Squadron; construction number 1089
257 Vampire SAAF
301 Super Frelon Flying
339 Transall 28 Squadron SAAF
404 Hercules 28 Squadron SAAF
412 Buccaneer 24 Squadron SAAF; flying
413 Buccaneer 24 Squadron SAAF
452 Canberra 12 Squadron SAAF
489 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
491 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
507 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
525 Impala Mk I Silver Falcons SAAF
566 Impala Mk I 4 Squadron SAAF
800 Mirage III CZ 2 Squadron SAAF; solo flying
807 Mirage III CZ 2 Squadron SAAF; formation flying
808 Mirage III CZ 2 Squadron SAAF; formation flying
810 Mirage III CZ 2 Squadron SAAF; formation flying
813 Mirage III CZ 2 Squadron SAAF; formation flying
883 Albatross 27 Squadron SAAF
938 Bosbok SAAF
1467 DH82A  
PT672 Spitfire IX Code WR/RR
ZS-IZF Atlas C4M Atlas Aircraft Corporation
 

One of the static exhibits at AAI '75 was this Grumman American AA-5B Tiger. It has construction number 0013 and it was registered in April 1975. The aircraft's previous identity is N1513R.


Lockheed C-130B Hercules 404 (construction number 3764, delivered on 19 January 1963) of 28 Squadron of the South African Air Force is seen at Lanseria Airport in October 1975. It has a silver-and-white colour scheme, a springbok castle on the rear fuselage, an orange-white-and-blue flag on the tailfin, the 28 Squadron badge below the cockpit and S.A. LUGMAG titles. The full serial number is behind the unit badge and on the tailfin.


The SAAF’s 27 Squadron sent Piaggio P166S Albatross 883 to Lanseria. Note the old-style unit badge behind the black radome. The springbok castle and full serial number appear on the rear fuselage. The last-two digits of the serial number and the orange-white-and-blue flag appear on the tailfin. The construction number of the aircraft is 445 and it was delivered on 10 November 1969.

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

The data appears in the following sequence: title, author(s), published by, date
 
Aeronews, August 1975
 
Aviation Society of Africa newsletters, including: October 1975, November 1975
 
Movements: The information about movements was compiled from my own notes as well as photographs and slides taken by others and from newspaper and magazine articles as well as brochures published by the various SAAF bases.
 
Wings/Aeronews, October 1975
 
Wings, November 1975, May 1976
 
Wings over Africa; various issues, including the following: March 1975
 
World Airnews, February 1975, August 1975, October 1975, November 1975
 
 
 
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