Multitudes of aviation enthusiasts thronged Matsieng Air strip in Rasesa on Saturday for the annual WesBank Botswana International Air show, which attracted multitudes from across the region.
The show, which is used to showcase different types of aircrafts with highly skilled pilots, has since become a loved occasion for Batswana and various guests from the region and beyond.
According to the organisers, this year the event pulled a massive crowd than any other year. This is despite the event clashing with the highly popular Khawa Challenge.
All day long multitudes, ranging from children to grandparents, were kept mesmerised by the great stunts performed by the pilots and their machines. All were kept on their feet by Nigel Hopkins, an experienced and fully gifted pilot. Hopkins left the crowd yearning for more with his twisting, rolling and turning around of the MX2 aircraft meticulously in the air.
To some kids this has not only been a show but an inspiration to one day become pilots themselves. No matter how dangerous it looked to some it was an exciting episode to experience what is usually seen on television. It is not every day that Batswana experience aerobatics, the sounds of bombs and old aircrafts which were used in war.
Many of the families, which were there were happy to have attended this day. They vowed that every year they will be coming for the event which always brings something new. “There is always something extraordinary to expect about this show. You will never know what to expect, that is why the Air show is so interesting,” said Kutlo Thakadu, who brought her whole family. She said the air show is good because it provides an outing suitable for the whole family to have fun.