Originally planned for 12 and 13 May, the weather forecast for that weekend looked dicey and the organisers wisely decided to postpone the show to Friday 16 June, Youth Day, a public holiday.

Making history as probably the first show ever to be held on a Friday the crowds flocked to the airfield in their thousands to watch the antics of those wonderful men in their magnificent flying machines take to the skies in what was the most exciting airshow ever held in Mbombela (Nelspruit) and what must surely be a contender for the Airshow of the Year title.

Unfortunately the weather over the escarpment did play its role with some participants having to turn back. However, that and the early morning mist and low clouds, did nothing to dampen the spirits of participants and public alike. The clouds cleared by mid-afternoon and the rest of the show took place in glorious Lowveld weather.

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Originally published at Pilots Post by Willie Bodenstein.