IF YOU become aware of increased activity in the sky above Komani this weekend it will not be some sort of alien invasion – it will be the Queenstown Flying Club celebrating a hundred years since Major Allister Miller put down the first plane to land in these parts, way back in 1917.
Miller and his mechanic, known only as Sergeant Way, had come to recruit trainee pilots for the Royal Flying Corps, but it was not until World War II that 47 Air School came into being.
Then, members of the Royal Air Force were sent out to South Africa to train pilots and various other air crew members (in Queenstown it was navigators) to take part in the war.
Plenty of visitors and visiting pilots are expected to arrive on Friday afternoon and at 4.30pm a wall of remembrance will be unveiled. It is for plaques commemorating those who served at 47 Air School.
On Saturday there will be activities that will attract virtually everyone – there will be aerobatic displays, flypasts by vintage aircraft, flips over town, displays of model aircraft, vintage cars, 4 x 4 vehicles, motor bikes and vintage tractors to look at and vendors selling all kinds of things to eat and drink.
The flying club will host a steakhouse and pub so the inner man will be catered for and the whole family can enjoy a wonderful “day with a difference”.