South African Skies
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||September 2001|
|INSIDE:||152 colour photographs|
This colourful book illustrates the exotic aviation scene of South Africa where the range of operators and diversity of aircraft types is unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
Airliners range from small commuter turbo-props to wide bodied 747s, but more unusual are the older generation of jets that are still in everyday use – BAC One-Elevens, Boeing 727s and even a passenger-carrying Boeing 707.
Other veterans from the last fifty years can also be seen flying – for example Phoebus Apollo operate three Douglas Skymasters and are preparing a 1937 vintage Dakota for 'air safari' trips to Europe. Other rarities include Caravelles, ex-RAF Andovers, a host of DC-3/4/6s and the last commercially operated Viscounts. South Africa's preservation scene thrives in ideal conditions with unlimited airspace and excellent weather. Cape Town hosts a remarkable fast-jet population that includes the world's only airworthy English Electric Lightnings and Blackburn Buckaneers. South African Airways' Historic flight is well known for its passenger charters with veteran airliners and the Air Force Historic Flight maintains a collection of warbirds that currently includes an airworthy Avro Shackleton.