• Short Summary

    THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE STAGED A SPECTACULAR DISPLAY OF THEIR STRENGTH YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE PIETERBURG MILITARY AIR BASE.

  • Description

    THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE STAGED A SPECTACULAR DISPLAY OF THEIR STRENGTH YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE PIETERBURG MILITARY AIR BASE. PIETERBURG WAS FORMERLY AN AIRPORT, AND HAS BEEN MODERNISED TO BECOME A KEY BASE NEAR SOUTH AFRICA'S NORTHERN BORDER.

    TRANSVAAL STATE PRESIDENT, MR SWART SAW MANY OF THE AIR FORCE'S CRACK AIRCRAFT BEING PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES. IN A MOCK ATTACK, HIGHLY TRAINED PARATROOPERS JUMPED FROM A HERCULES AIRCRAFT WHILE OTHER HERCULES WERE USED TO LAND TROOPS, ARTILLERY EQUIPMENT AND ARMOURED CARS ONTO THE AERODROME.

    FIVE CANBERRA JET BOMBERS WERE INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME, SUPPORTED BY MIRAGES, SABRES AND VAMPIRES -- THE HARD CORE OF THE AIR FORCE'S JET FIGHTER STRIKE FORCE.

    NINE HELICOPTERS DEMONSTRATED FORMATION FLYING, AND SHOWED THE MANOEUVRABILITY OF THESE AIRCRAFT. AFTER ONE OF THE CANBERRA DEMONSTRATION. A BOEING 707 TOUCHED DOWN ON THE MAIN RUNWAY AND TOOK OFF AGAIN IMMEDIATELY.

    THE DISPLAY ENDED WITH A FLYPAST OF THE MASSED AIRCRAFT -- A STRIKING DISPLAY OF THE REPUBLIC'S AIR POWER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7E4IF7KBJCJYSLITI4QZPX7A8
    Media URN:
    VLVA7E4IF7KBJCJYSLITI4QZPX7A8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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