People planning to attend the Dias Festival from 31 January 2013 to 3 February 2013 can look forward to a real show of magnificent men in their flying machines when a collection of interesting machines will bring die skies over Santos beach alive for the duration of the festival.
Helicopters will kick the Dias Festival air show off on Friday, 1 February 2013, when they join forces with the National Sea Rescue Institute to perform an ocean rescue operation. Later on the same day, just before a flyby and skydiving performance, there will be a helicopter formation display.
The action on Saturday, 2 February 2013, will kick off with a performance of motorised paragliders after which a whole fleet of amongst others piston-engined Word War II fighters and other interesting aircraft will entertain festivalgoers. The show will on the same day again include skydiving. Two of them will jump with the South African and Portuguese flags to demonstrate Mossel Bay’s historical connection with Portugal.
Aircraft that will be on show during the festival are four classic Harvard training aircraft under the command of Scully Levin, called by some “South Africa’s tribal chief of display flying”. He will be joined in aerobatic displays by amongst others Allan Harvey in another Harvard, Patrick Davidson in his P51 Mustang, Dave Mundell in his L3D Czechoslovakian jet, Dick Henry in a T-28 Titan, Steward Saward in a Pitts Special, Martin Venn in an RV-7 and the Mossel Bay Starlight helicopters.
The latter will also do a performance with SA Police sniffer dogs at Extension 23 on the same day.
The air show will continue on Sunday, 3 February 2013, with a flyby of Harvards, which will be followed by aerobatics as well as more display flying by the other aircraft mentioned above. Skydivers will be in action again while the helicopters and SA Police sniffer dogs will do another show at the D’Almeida stadium.
The aerial activities will start at 09:00 on the Friday. On the following day the air show programme will start at 09:00 and end with skydiving at 17:00. On Sunday, 3 February 2013, the action will start at 09:00 with a flyby of the Harvards and end with more skydiving at 14:30.
The festival programmes can be viewed on the festival website, http://www.diasfees.co.za.
Last published 10 June 2016