Consisting of four Harvard At6 aircrafts, originally built by the American Aircraft company as trainers to train pilots ahead of and during WW2, he Harvard Aircrafts have a special place in the hearts of the people of South Africa.
They were used to train all of our Airforce pilots at either Central Flying School Dunnotar in Gauteng or later on at Langebaanweg in the Cape. Pretty cool, right?
Forming part of the daily lives of thousands, the Harvards where flown by the citizens around the Air Force Bases and general flying areas around our country, carrying with them the characteristic sound of their piston radial engines, naturally drawing all eyes skywards.
I’m sure you are all a bit confused about the name of the Flying Lions, but never fear, a little write up is here! Puma is an energy company that specialises in the manufacture, storage and delivery of specific high-quality fuels, one of them being Avgas which is used by the Harvard aircraft.
A little more information; Puma Energy supplies petrol and diesel for vehicles, as well as supplying the major airports in South Africa. They also supply the rest of Africa and the world with high quality fuels and have one of the greenest footprints of any energy company. That is pretty cool!
One of the major projects that they are involved in relates to the preservation and saving of the rhinos in South Africa. They have supported this worthy cause to the benefit of many rhinos which are saved on a yearly basis through their support of the anti-poaching element of the project where they support “Rhino 911” and “Freedom” which are organizations that provide emergency care to Rhinos and rhino calf orphans during the anti-poaching project.
The four-ship team will be performing displays next to the main arena at the Royal Showgrounds on the 1st and 2nd June. The displays consist of a choreographed routine where the four aircraft follow precise manoeuvres in formation, involving loops, barrel rolls and straight rolls displaying the phenomenal capabilities and manoeuvrability of these aircraft.
This is an event not to be missed as the kids and adults remain enthralled by these graceful old ladies growling in the sky, especially when they perform the evening display on Saturday evening, using lights, one of which is facing backwards and lights up the smoke trail emitted by the aircrafts’ exhausts. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!