Eight volunteers spend 100 hours in various Jet fighters and a Shackleton during a total period of 4.16 days in a charity drive against cancer which was organised by the South African Air Force Museum and the cancer awareness company Pink Drive. Well-known celebrities also joined in by giving an hour of their time by sitting in an aircraft for this worthy cause.
The event was opened by the commanding officer of the SAAF Museum Lt Col Mike O’Conner on Thursday, 26 February during a parade and parachute jumps by The Golden Eagles from the Air Force. Brian Emmenis and his Capital Sounds team did a splendid job on commentary and like always kept the crowd entertained. Brian also spend his hour broadcasting from the cockpit of the Mirage III CZ and commented on the limited space in the cockpit for big guys like himself. Another first during this event was that air displays could be followed via live satellite link onto a big screen which was provided by Prosound.
Well-known personalities who took part in this 100 hours charity drive was, Johan Stemmet, Yvone Chaka Chaka, Louis Loock from Romanz fame, the Chief of the Air Force Lt Gen Zakes Msimang and former Chief Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano just to name a few. In an interview with Lt Col Carlo Gagiano he said that it was a great privilege to sit in the very same cockpit of the Mirage III CZ which he flew 38 years ago in 1975. He also commented on the importance for him to support this initiative as his wife is also a cancer survivor for which they are extremely grateful and that he cannot think of a greater way to show his support than by spending time in this specific cockpit.
Tony Gibson and Riaan Struwig from Flight Unlimited entertained the crowd in two twilight displays on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings.Their new technology fireblade propellers displaying special messages as they fly.
The fundraising took the form of many competitions which were held throughout the four days and amazing prizes were given away. The Saturday morning’s activities coincided with the monthly flying training day at the Museum. This was followed by air displays by Scully Levin and the Gabriel Pits Team. A Pyrotechnics display marked the end of the well-supported 100 hours charity drive for cancer. Well done to all the sponsors and organisers of the event.