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Alouette II helicopter beats Gautrain in thrilling race

Tuesday 5 May 2015 09:47


While there was some initial confusion around the winner, it emerged that the helicopter was victorious. (SABC)

To highlight and promote the South African Air Force, who are hosting an air show at the Zwartkops Air force Base on Saturday, May 9, a race between the Gautrain and the Aloette II was staged.

South Africa’s Air Force is the second oldest air force in the Commonwealth.

The race began at the Gautrain’s  Midrand station and ended in Centurion with the Alouette II racing to claim victory over the Gautrain.

Colonel Piet Wellman, who was responsible for flying the helicopter which brought about live footage, says that the air show is aimed at exposing the air force to children and that aviation offers a host of career opportunities.

Click on the link to view the interview with Colonel Piet Welman:

Earlier on, there was some confusion as to who the actual winners are.

The passengers in the Gautrain were not aware when they boarded the train for their commute that they would be participating in this exciting race.

Click to view the interview with the driver of the Gautrain:

Watch footage from the race in the link below:

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