Above are three Harvards flying in formation at the recent air show at Swartkops Air Force Base in Pretoria - incidentally the oldest aerodrome in the world in current use.
Another childhood memory from the sky was the Silver Falcons - the SAAF's air acrobatic team. Back in the day they were flying Impala fighter jets. It therefore came as a bit of sad news when I heard that they were going to henceforth use turboprops. Not having seen them for many years, I was pleasantly surprised to recently see exactly how they play with their new Pilatus planes. Their arrival in formation with an SAA 737-400 was a great start, but insignificant to their display that would follow later.
The Boeing on its own was also a magnificent sight. I did not know a big plane could bank that much - during some flypasts one got the rare chance of seeing it "from the top"
The combat display involved armoured vehicles, ground troops and, of course, planes and choppers. One of the memorable sights was a Hercules dropping supplies.
Here are two additional pictures that show the Silver Falcons in action.
(or solarised, to be more dramatic...)
Here is a Pilatus used the the Silver Falcons from a little closer.
As the point I left the Vampire was in the air. I do not recall seeing them fly as a child, put some of them might have passed overhead. The were introduced shortly after World War II and still used operationally when I was young. For some reason the word zippy comes to mind seeing one of them fly for the first time.