A large air show has opened in Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa....and caused a?
CV People looking at aircraft
SV People looking at Rockwell Thrush Commando
GV People looking at Gate Learjet
People looking at helicopter
GV People look at small model of Concorde
GV People looking at Herculese
GV Mitsubishi Mark Two being towed
GV Nomad flies past dipping wings watched by people on the ground
GV People watch at as jet flies past
GV Lake Buccaneer flies past as crowd watches (2 shots)
GV Jets fly past (2 shots)
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Background: A large air show has opened in Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa....and caused a ripple of consternation throughout the continent.
More than fifty exhibitors from other parts of the world have brought aircraft and equipment to Johannesburg.
The most common type of aircraft on show are light 'planes, suitable for the terrain, and economy, of the African continent.
But both Senegal and Kenya have officially denied that they sent representatives to the show.
In a statement issued by the Kenyan Foreign Ministry, the Kenyan Government said it categorically denied reporters that it was involved "in any way" with the South African air show.
The statement said that such reports must have been circulated by enemies of Kenya who were out to "mar and blemish the good name of the Republic".
The statement continued that the Kenyan government "can only presume that Kenya's name was used to lure other Africans to take part in the show".
Kenya has not had any diplomatic, trade or cultural relations with South Africa since 1963 because it said it abhorred apartheid.
The Senegalese Minster for Transport, Mr. Mamadou Diop, also denied that his country had or intended to involve itself in the South African air show.
The Minister said that any rumours to the contrary "were completely baseless".
SYNOPSIS: Johannesburg, South Africa where the first air show ever held in Africa has opened.
Amongst the many aircraft on exhibition was the Rockwell Thrush Commando.
Another aircraft that drew a lot of attention was the Gate Learjet, one of the many low cost jet powered 'planes.
There was also a large range of helicopters.
The large crowds showed particular interest in the small model of the new Concorde.
Large transport 'planes, such as the Hercules, stood out in contrast to the many small, low budget aircraft at the show. The small 'planes are suitable for the rugged terrain of Africa.
The Australian aircraft, the Nomad, is especially suitable for Africa with its short take-off and landing space....and its comparatively cheap price. Here it shows its versatility to the many experts who attended the show.
Two other African countries, Senegal and Kenya, denied reports that they were represented at the air show. In a statement issued by the Kenyan Foreign Minister the Kenyan Government said it "categorically denied" reports that it was involved in any way with the South Africa air show.
The statement said that rumours that the Kenyan Government was represented at the air show must have been circulated by what it termed "enemies of Kenya" who wished to lure other African countries to take part in the show. The Senegalese government issued a similar statement denying involvement.