IT’S A BIRD. IT’S A PLANE. NO, IT’S THE LAND, SEA & WATER FESTIVAL
By: Pamella Magwaza & Samkelisiwe Gumede
Curious bystanders watched as airplanes flew spectacularly through the sky at this weekend’s Durban Land, Sea and Air Festival.
“This event could have not been held anywhere else,” said one of the organisers, public relations officer for the KwaZulu-Natal Navy Reserve, Len Heine. He added: “It is a pleasure to have this event here at the becahfront and not at the harbour because we can now see the planes up close.”
Air show fanatics from all from different countries came down to Durban to watch the three-day festival, making it the most pleasant tourist attraction.
Fan Grant Boyle said, “I come here every year and it is really nice the show is free this year.”
The air show also saw some new comers such as Reggi Naidoo, a private photographer.
“It is my first time here and I am really enjoying photographing the event. It is truly amazing,” he said.
Tommy Purdy, a contributing photographer for The Mercury newspaper, commented that he also enjoyed the displays – but one stood out.
“I don’t know much about pilots but I really liked the French pilot François Le Vot’s routine. It was the best I’ve seen so far,” he said.
Le Vot, also known as “Zool” in the world of aviation, scored a rare ten out of ten from the judges for his impressive twirls in the air.