Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby paravion on Mon 20 May 2013, 11:24 am

The De Wet family hosted their annual Botswana Air Show at their airfield some 35 kilometres north of the capital Gaborone. This event does not have a huge variety and is mostly made up of GA aircraft. The nation's President, His Excellency, Ian Khama is a keen pilot and always attends the show. He flew himself to the event in his Bell 412. The organisers made a special request to locate a customs and immigration team at the airfield so visitors from across the border could fly direct to Matsieng and many camped on the field. This is a real friendly and social occasion and I hope you enjoy the pics.

All photos taken with a Nikon D90 and 55-300mm or 24-120mm lenses. I was highly skeptical about Nikon's cheapo 55-300 DX lens but have been very surprised at its performance. It's main drawback is slow focusing but is an otherwise amazingly sharp lens.

Taken from a Bell UH-1 sponsored by the local SCANIA dealer and flown all the way from Swakopmund in Namibia.

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Picture of the 'exhibition' area. Utility aircraft are popular in this neck of the woods, which reflected in the static area. Amongst others, a Quest Kodiak, Cessna Caravan and some smaller STOL ultralights. The De Wets are also keen helicopter pilots and own a pair of Robinsons as well as a number of fixed wing aircraft. They operate their drilling company from Matsieng.

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Here's Thabazimbi, South Africa pilot Khan de Jager with his company's Air Tractor AT401.

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Goodyear sponsored Pitts S2B team. This is a three-ship team - two of the biplanes are taxying out for a display slot. Capital Sounds commentary tower in the background.

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Botswana Police Air Wing AS350 B3.

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Air Team PAC 750 from South Africa lands on runway 01 having thrown out its cargo of skydivers - one of whom is watching the plane land he just jumped out of!

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His Excellency Ian Khama, President of Botswana about to land his government VIP Flight Bell 412

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About to step aboard the Huey and the Botswana Defense Force Pilatus PC7 MkII trainers arrived for a brief formation and solo display. Pics thus taken from a distance.

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A brisk 10-knot plus crosswind featured in the morning and the pilots had to have their fingers out when arriving/ Here one of the Eqstra Flying Lions Harvard team is about to touch down with a bootfull of rudder.

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Ex-US UH-1 from Namibia: V5-HUE. You could score a ride if you bought a very expensive cap - money went to charity.

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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby swingy on Mon 20 May 2013, 11:52 am

Now those are different. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby Macc on Mon 20 May 2013, 2:10 pm

That's an incredible set of shots, liking the angles on the first few.
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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby Agg on Mon 20 May 2013, 6:13 pm

Just when you think you've seen it all, something like this comes along. Thanks for sharing these :clap:
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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Mon 20 May 2013, 7:10 pm

Agg wrote:Just when you think you've seen it all, something like this comes along. Thanks for sharing these :clap:

Absolutely - fascinating stuff, and nice photos too. Love that Huey.
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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby Ledhead27 on Mon 20 May 2013, 7:32 pm

Great set, don't think I've ever seen pictures of a show in Botswana! Well done!
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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby Mike Dodd on Mon 20 May 2013, 7:53 pm

Interesting and nice to see something a bit different, great post!
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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby rdchawk on Tue 21 May 2013, 1:16 pm

Wow, some rare catches there for a rare location we see on here, top stuff!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Botswana Airshow, Matsieng Airfield: Sat 18 May

Postby Maisie on Wed 22 May 2013, 12:55 pm

Agg wrote:Just when you think you've seen it all, something like this comes along. Thanks for sharing these :clap:



What he said :clap:

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