Offbeat South Africa. The Travel Guide to the Wacky and Wonderful, by Richard George, Denise Slabbert and Kim Wildman
In their travel guide Offbeat South Africa, Richard George, Denise Slabbert and Kim Wildman describe wacky, wonderful and strange destinations in South Africa.
Flying high on ‘Tante Ju':
For an experience you won't soon forget, take to the skies of Gauteng in ‘Tante Ju', one of only six fully restored Junker JU-52s in the world. A 30-minute pleasure flight aboard ‘Tante Ju'- very much the Great Old Aunt of South Africa's skyways - will have you dreaming of an era of stylish elegance, when flying was purely a luxury, not a necessity. Some of the plane's more famous passengers have included Queen Margaret of Denmark, King Gustaf of Sweden, actor John Travolta and, not to be outdone, the king of pop himself, Michael Jackson. So as the plane soars up over Johannesburg you can relax knowing that you are in the company of greats. What most people don't know is that the Junker JLJ-52 is closely linked to the early aviation history of South Africa. Not long after South African Airways (SAA) was founded in 1934, the airline purchased three Junker JU-52s. By the mid-1930s with the success of SAA, an order for 19 of the new, bigger-engined aircraft was placed. Ironically, with the outbreak of WW II in 1939, SAA was never to receive this order - the aircraft were eventually al commandeered by the South African Airforce! It wasn't until 1983 that SAA again purchased a Junker JU-52, this time from a private collector in England. Over a period of seven months she was skilfully restored, painted in her livery of the 1930s and finally returned to the skies on 16 January 1984. Although officially renamed the Jan van Riebeeck, this giant of the sky has retained her fond nickname, 'Tante Ju'. Operated by South African Historic Flight, a specialist vintage charter organisation, 'Tante Ju' is available for charter and pleasure flights. The old plane carries 16 passengers on pleasure flights and 12 on charter flights - so go on and invite your friends.
'Tante Ju'can be found in Hangar 7 West in the SAA Technical Area of Johannesburg International Airport.
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This is an extract from the book: Title: Offbeat South Africa. The Travel Guide to the Whacky and Wonderful, by Richard George, Denise Slabbert and Kim Wildman.
Title: Offbeat South Africa
Subtitle: The Travel Guide to the Whacky and Wonderful
Authors: Richard George; Denise Slabbert; Kim Wildman
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2006
ISBN 9781770071902 / ISBN 978-1-77007-190-2
Paperback, 13x20 cm, 144 pages, througout colour photos
George, Richard und Slabbert, Denise und Wildman, Kim im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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