Show spokesperson Ray de Vries said the show would take place on July 11 and 12 and had attracted more than 100 aircraft of various shapes and sizes.
“Breaking the sound barrier is a major coup for the show since it is the first time in over 45 years that spectators and Durban residents will be treated to this supersonic act.
The sound barrier has not been broken at the Durban Airshow since 1964, when the Mirages were first delivered to South Africa.”
About 15km out to sea – at an altitude of about 20000ft – Warden will accelerate from Mach .97 to Mach 1.1 to break the sound barrier.
The sonic boom will sound like a double bang and will be heard as far away as Van Reenen’s Pass – 250km inland.
Breaking the sound barrier is a major crowd puller at airshows around the world and is bound to be one of the highlights come July 11 and 12.
The Durban Wings Club, hosts of the show, expect more than 100 aircraft to arrive in Durban over the next two weeks. Durban is the new title sponsor of the event.
More than 95 participants at the show are set to wow the more than 15000 spectators and 250000 more who will be watching from beaches, hotels, restaurants and homes – from Umhlanga to downtown Durban.
Gibela Backpackers Lodge, situated in Morningside, Durban, South Africa is a mere 12 min drive from the venue of the show.
Visit http://www.durbanairshow.co.za for more information.