The South African aerobatic team, The Flying Lions first performed this stunt under the same name in 2006. In order to shoot the front cover for the annual airshow book, “Smoke On…Go” the team decided to redo the stunt again. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the photographer to capture this spectacular event.
The two-ship consisting of Ellis Levin and Arnie Meneghelli, skimmed the wheels of their Harvard T-6 Trainers for a distance of 1km across the water.
The third aircraft, which was used as the camera ship was flown by Scully Levin and water-skied in formation with the other two aircraft in order to capture some of the images.
The team are sponsored by Eqstra Holdings who are a JSE listed leasing and rental provider, industrial, construction and mining equipment importer and distributor. They are also a major player in the opencast contact mining and plant rental sectors.
CEO Walter Hill says, “We like this teams dynamic, can-do approach – it is this ethos that we encourage within our group.”
In 2006, the team hit international headlines when they performed this stunt with four aircraft led by Scully Levin. Many believed this stunt to be impossible and the images were said to doctored.
But the team reaffirmed their unique abilities again on the morning of 25 April 2012.
Video of the shooting “The Runway is Wet” Harvard Water-skiing stunt.