Magnificent men in flying machines thrill crowds

CLASSIC LOOK: Sisters Michelle le Grange, 20, and Candice, 19, admire a pink 1939 Chevy at the Wings and Wheels festival at the Uitenhage Aerodrome. Picture by: EUGENE COETZEE
CLASSIC LOOK: Sisters Michelle le Grange, 20, and Candice, 19, admire a pink 1939 Chevy at the Wings and Wheels festival at the Uitenhage Aerodrome. Picture by: EUGENE COETZEE

AIRCRAFT soared through the morning clouds above the Uitenhage Airfield on Saturday as hundreds of spectators flocked to the third annual Wings and Wheels festival.

The flying stunts performed by more than 20 motor gliders, paragliders, helicopters, Gyro choppers and light aircraft were complemented by more than 50 vintage, hotrod and unique vehicles on display.

Stalls, two jumping castles, live music and a beer tent filled the remaining space on the grounds.

Uitenhage resident Rudi Shaw, 7, who convinced his entire family of six to spend the day looking at the land and air vehicles, was in his element.

“Did you see hat plane doing three backflips in a row? It’s amazing.

“I wanted to be a race car driver when I grow up but now I want to be a pilot.

“It looks so cool when the planes go upside down then come back down like they are going to crash. But the pilot always saves the plane,” Rudi said.

“My two sisters didn’t want to come with us but now they are taking pictures next to the cars.

“I told them today would be fun but they didn’t want to listen. But they are so happy they came.”

The programme began with a parade of veteran vehicles before the entertainment took to the skies in the form of the air show.

The show included the Seafury and Mustang – the first recorded event in South Africa where both aircraft featured together.

The show finished with a race between an aircraft and a stockcar driven by champion Pitta Victor.

Event organiser Lourens Kruger said: “The event was a huge success. The weather didn’t play along on Friday, but Saturday was fantastic. We want to thank everybody.”

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-Tremaine van Aardt

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