The Silver Falcons – Air to Air

The Blue Angels use a United States Marine Corps C-130T Hercules, nicknamed “Fat Albert”, for their logistics, carrying spare parts, equipment, and to carry support personnel between shows. The South African Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Silver Falcons, have always used a C47TP Dakota to carry out this task. However, it was always in it’s standard 35 Squadron livery.
It’s been long overdue for the Silver Falcons to have their own “Fat Albert”, an aircraft that will accompany them to airshows to carry the support crew, spare parts, luggage and equipment and perhaps even form part of the show.
Well, Dak 6840, now nicknamed “Gooney Bird” has become that ship.
I was asked to cover her inaugural flight. Joined by the Silver Falcons Team 73, the shoot took place over Table Bay in Cape Town. Dak 40 was flown by Colonel Ian Brunette and Major Nathaniel Milson of 35 Sqn.

The Silver Falcons were:
1) Major Roy “Cougar” Sproul
2) Major Werner “Cruncher” Vermaak
3) Lieutenant Jacques “Blackjack” Poolman
4) Major Heybrech “Valiant” van Niekerk
5) Major Beau “Dusky” Skarda
6) Captain Mark “Katana” Gentles

Dak 6840:
Type: C-47ATP
c/n: 13866/25311
Delivery date: 11 August 1944
USAF No: 43-48050
RAF No: KG767
SAAF No: 6840

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  • Lourens Erasmus - That is nice photoSeptember 17, 2012 – 21:43ReplyCancel

  • Herman Agenbag - Great set of images. Absolute worldclass aviation photography!September 17, 2012 – 22:06ReplyCancel

  • Des Erasmus - Justin you have the best pics !! Love the new addition aircraft to the team ….Beautiful in the Falcon coloursSeptember 17, 2012 – 22:11ReplyCancel

  • Jacques - Justin, once again you’ve outdone yourself with these spectacular photographs! The Dak is stunning!September 18, 2012 – 07:21ReplyCancel

  • Dries Marais - Most excellent… I was no 3 when it was the “silver” Impala and the origin for the name.

    Feels like another life on another planet nowadays.September 18, 2012 – 07:39ReplyCancel

  • Jan Marais - Baie goeie fotosSeptember 18, 2012 – 08:13ReplyCancel

  • Jaap du Preez - GREAT fotography! I envy that TP driver Keep it up.
    Jaap du Preez(44Sqn 1974 – 1979)September 18, 2012 – 11:43ReplyCancel

  • Gary Hughes - Nice work Justin.September 18, 2012 – 15:43ReplyCancel

  • Hein Burger - Unbelievable pics, Justin! And I love the way that the Falcons have to drop their speed brakes to match Gooney Bird’s speed…September 18, 2012 – 20:22ReplyCancel

  • Dirk Venter - baie nice stuur nog picsSeptember 19, 2012 – 13:57ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Kruger - Hi Justin, just want to say thanks again for the Mustang Sally canvas earlier this year, and to congratulate you on these pictures! Some of your best I have seen (which is hard to pick favourites!). Hope you will be covering the AAD airshow this weekend, can’t wait for those shots! Keep well.September 19, 2012 – 16:53ReplyCancel

  • Derek Hopkins - Justin U make us proudSeptember 19, 2012 – 17:13ReplyCancel

  • Leon van der linde - She still is and will always be one of the most beautiful aircraft built. No matter what people say.
    Gooney bird is lovely. Great shots.September 20, 2012 – 07:48ReplyCancel

  • johannes adolph kleynhans - these are some of the best aircraft fotos i have ever seen, very good. please keep me updatedSeptember 22, 2012 – 21:52ReplyCancel

  • Gene - Very good photo’s Justin. But do check out this link.
    http://www.flyafrica.info/forums/showthread.php?51755-Meet-quot-Gooney-Bird-quot
    Regards
    GeneSeptember 24, 2012 – 07:27ReplyCancel

    • Justin - Hi Gene
      Yes, thanks, those are my images, I gave them to Hilton Mundy to put the video together.September 25, 2012 – 23:23ReplyCancel

  • Gene - Hi Justin ,
    Ok if you passed images along to be used.Have seen images abused for third party use , thus my comment.
    Still prefer the stills , ok !September 26, 2012 – 20:19ReplyCancel

  • Alfie van Rensburg - Stunning pictures!October 9, 2012 – 11:08ReplyCancel

  • Russell Brettenny - So loved that TurboDak………..sadly she is gone….may all who passed on Rest in Peace! love your fotos!December 7, 2012 – 08:31ReplyCancel

  • Darren - Hi Justin, as I have commented on many of your works, absolutely marvelous, you truly are a master of your craft and clearly passionate of your subjects! I hope you can help me…I am in need of as many reference images of ‘Gooney bird’ 6840 C47TP for a solid display model I am doing for SAAF in memory of the bird and her crew who were lost in the Drakensberg. I replaictae even the tinest detail of my subjects in exotic woods and precious metals and there are not many images of this beautiful machine online. Your images are absol;utely perfect but I would love to zoom in and look up details etc – feel free to bind me to a some sort of agreement never to use them or watermark them or something if you like. My need is real and quite urgent. Hope to hear from you soon.December 13, 2012 – 16:12ReplyCancel

  • Jacques Labuschagne - Amazing Foto’s … Truly talented !!!September 23, 2013 – 22:24ReplyCancel

  • Rolf Suhner - Just great Fotos. Regards from Switzerland
    February 27, 2014 – 22:42ReplyCancel

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