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GC international air show

SHARE   |   Monday, 14 August 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
GC international air show

Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) held the 2nd annual Gaborone International Air show at the weekend with many locals turning up for feast on their passion. During the event BTO took some media people for a ride in the Antonov AN-2 dubbed Little Annie which is flown by dad and son duo of Mark and Jon-Marc Hill to experience the exciting skies of the city and surrounding areas. The air show started with the Botswana Power and Passion event in the morning, motorbike stunts before the opening ceremony in the presence of President Ian Khama. There was a display by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) which showed the rescue, wall of fire and extraction, the Glider, Xtra 300 Team-Nigel Hopkins x4, Flying Lions – Harvard’s, and there was also the exciting Truck Top Landing where an aircraft had to land on a fast moving vehicle. There was also the Drifting Cars and the G73 Tactical Rescue where Miss Botswana Thata Kenosi was kidnapped to show how they could save someone in a short time before the kidnappers take them anywhere far. The onlookers were also treated to the slick 540 Aerobatics, Huey Car Drop, and FMX jumps done by motorbikes and Pitt Specials with the evening sealed off by Flying Lions Sunset Salute. One of the events that took place that caught everyone off guard was the fire explosion which had everyone screaming and even kids crying. Many referred to that as the highlight even though they were not prepared for it. Tourism minister Tshekedi Khama said it was exciting to be able to bring an air show like that to Botswana. As it is Botswana and South Africa are the only countries in Africa that have air shows that takes place consistently. He said the event has grown, saying it will get better. Miss Botswana Thata Kenosi said the air show was a beautiful event, and that the ambience was amazing, especially having enjoyed a free ride.