Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo

Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo
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Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo

My love for aviation started at a very young age, coming out of a family that has been in the Air Force, anything aviation related attracted me. I always use to look at the images of the aircraft while looking through the magazines, more than what I would spend my time on reading the articles.

I also attended airshows since I was a little boy, always being amazed by the power of flight. As I grew older the aviation never left me, and when my dad purchased a DSLR camera I started to take images, the first images I took was at an airshow. Usually with airshows the aircraft are quite far from the crowd line for safety reasons but it makes it a bit more difficult to get good images. It is quite a challenge but it is really worth it. Being able to see the detail on the aircraft which is difficult to see with your own eyes, well depending on how good your eyes are (mine, is not so good). It is also tricky because with aircraft or helicopters, anything with a propeller or blade makes it more challenging because in order to show the movement in those areas you need to shoot with a slower shutter speed while getting the aircraft/helicopter sharp when you take an image.

You have to arrive very early as well, while it is still dark in order to get a good spot for yourself and some comfortable shoes because you will be standing a lot while holding heavy gear. I also love to look at people and what better place to observe people than an airshow. You see all kinds of people which is interesting, small kids being amazed like i still am today at the thought of flight.

It really is one of the most incredible achievements of the human race, from drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to the Wright Brothers who created the first airplane that was capable of heavier than air flight. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be able to capture images of aircraft the way I do today. Also thanks to the guy who invented the first camera, with those two pieces of equipment it wont be possible to create the images you are going to see on this website.

Anyway to make a long story short I love aviation and all aspects from it. There is not a better sensation than flying, doing a similar task as the birds have done for centuries.

I am really thankful for the opportunity to attend airshows and especially being able to capture images that you will see on this post.

C-130 Hercules
C-130 Hercules showing off in some beautiful afternoon light.
SAAF Hawk and Gripen formation
SAAF Hawk and Gripen formation in the early morning.
Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter
Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter in United Nations colours hovering.
Saab Gripen C in beautiful morning light.
Saab Gripen C in beautiful morning light.
The last DC-4 Skymaster off the Douglas production line with the registration ZS-BMH. Also named as "Lemombo".
The last DC-4 Skymaster off the Douglas production line with the registration ZS-BMH. Also named as “Lemombo”.
SAAF Gripen C showing off its dirt.
SAAF Gripen C showing off its dirt.
Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter in UN colors busy with its display.
Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter in UN colors busy with its afternoon display.
Nashua Extra 300, registration ZS-AEC getting ready for take-off.
Nashua Extra 300, registration ZS-AEC getting ready for take-off.
Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules leaving some smoke behind.
Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules leaving some smoke behind.
UN marked Denel Rooivalk flying low and fast.
UN marked Denel Rooivalk flying low and fast.
BAE Systems Hawk Mk120.
BAE Systems Hawk Mk120.
Oryx helicopter giving a "search & rescue" display at the AAD airshow.
Oryx helicopter giving a “search & rescue” display at the AAD airshow.
SAAF fighter pilots returning after giving a dogfight display.
Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team.
Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team.
Zimbabwe Air Force K-8 trainer aircraft.
Zimbabwe Air Force K-8 trainer aircraft.
Some few last flares leaving the C-130 Hercules.
Some few last flares leaving the C-130 Hercules.
Denel Rooivalk in United Nations colours busy with its display.
Denel Rooivalk in United Nations colours busy with its display.
SAAF Museum Puma Landing.
SAAF Museum Puma Landing.
C-130 Hercules landing at AFB Waterkloof while practicing for its display as part of the airshow.
C-130 Hercules landing at AFB Waterkloof while practicing for its display as part of the airshow.
SAAF Hawk and Gripen formation
South African Air Force Museum Aerospatiale SA-330 Puma

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