The thrilling Ravos Rail DC3 Dakota is doing its Swansong at the Matsieng airstrip airshow this year.
The luxury World War II aircraft will be flying for the last time at the airshow since it has been sold to someone in Germany and it will no longer be doing any commercial flying. Dewet Drilling Director Hentie De Wet – who is among the organisers – said its lovers should come and see it fly for the last time at the local airshow next weekend. He regretted that Botswana Defence Force (BDF) will not showcase their flying skills in the show this time around.
The P-51 Mustang Sally, which is always one of the main attractions, will be coming back this year and the fable Menno Parsons will be on its cockpit. The plane is a World War II aircraft and it is the American version of the spit fire. De Wet said this year the motor show will involve trucks and moving vehicles because they are the ones that got positive attention from the last show than other cars. He said that they learnt a lot from last year’s event and promised a better show this time. Last year they put much effort with the construction of the spectator zone, the ablution area and the air flight terminal control. He said they make sure that they add something new every year and improve as they want to match with the world class shows. The show has Wesbank as the main sponsor while Puma is the main fuel sponsor. The event’s returns have been donated to Motswedi Rehabilitation Centre annually. They intend to raise more money this time to give back to the charity, including to Lady Khama Trust and Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation. "People should come and be of support because all this is for charity. The little money that they will pay will go a long way in helping people in dire situations." He acknowledged how the public and the corporates have recognised this event and appreciated the fact that it brings people from all walks of life together.
He expressed gratitude to the immigration department which has made it easier for pilots that will be visiting to fly from their places straight to the Matsieng Air Strip, where they will be waiting for them and helping them with the necessary immigration procedures. He also acknowledged, Civil Aviation Authority, the Kgatleng fire department, and the Mochudi Police which will deploy 80 police officers at the event on the day. The tickets cost P80 for adults and P50 for six to 17 years olds while children accompanied by parents will get in free. The gates open at 0800 hours.