South Africa 2022
With the show being cancelled in 2020, we were pleased to visit the African Aerospace and Defense show 2022 at Waterkloof Airbase with a group.
With the crowds at Schiphol in mind, our group gathered in the early hours on Monday 19 September 2022 for our trip to South Africa. The main purpose of the trip was the African Aerospace & Defense (AAD) show at Waterkloof. A repeat of our trip in 2018, which we actually wanted to do in 2020 but could not continue due to Covid. Also for the people of the AAD this was another chance to show themselves from their best side because the show had of course been canceled in 2020. Just before departure, we heard that the SAAF Gripens, after months of inactivity, were operational again (or at least some) and that they intended to send at least 1 to Waterkloof.
The process at Schiphol went more smoothly than expected and in no time we were waiting for our flight with a cup of coffee. This flight went smoothly and just after 9pm we landed at Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo. After we picked up our van we drove to our stay this week; the Guesthouse of the very hospitable Lynette in Pretoria. Time to get some sleep!