Things To Do in Joostenberg VlakteStar in your own 'Top Gun'
Where? Site 10, Tower Road, Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town.
When? By appointment only.
How? Call +27 (0)21 934-8007
How much? Price on request
09h30: Report to jet's (yes that's right real live jets) hangar for pre-flight tour.
09h31: Choose your ex-military combat jet of desire.
09h32: Act cool, you look good in Ray-Bans, you can do this.
09h33: Phone a buddy: 'I'm gonna fly in a fighter jet, na-na-na-na-nah!'
09h34: Get fitted with dinkum flight suit and helmet.
09h35: Meet the fighter pilot and get briefed on the 'sortie' (a single flight of a military aircraft on a combat mission).
09h36: Oxygen mask (no you can't breathe naturally at those altitudes) and communications drill.
09h37: Detailed capability check.
09h38: Nod to words like 'supersonic' and 'interceptor' like you understand.
09h39: 'Hang on a sec, how many miles an hour is a speed of Mach 2.2 again?' - 15 000 m.p.h
09h40: 'Holy heavens I'm actually gonna fly in a freaking fighter jet!'
09h41: Undergo emergency and ejector seat training.
09h43: Make another call: 'Mom, I love you.'
09h44: Live your jet dream!
Thunder City owns the world's largest civilian fleet of former military fighter jets privately maintained by ex-air force engineers. Select your own fighter jet profile (preferred speed, performance and manoeuvrability) from the jet collection including some of the world's last serviceable jets in their category.
Perform aerobatics and formations, inverted flights, loops, rolls and vertical flying feats. Come to grips with 'g's', fly extremely low and exhilaratingly fast executing surface gripping radar technology. Fly in precision machines that hold world climb-to-altitude records. Climb to 50 000 feet in one single minute. See the curvature of the earth through your visor. Extreme doses of adrenalin are released in these aviation achievement exercises.
The fleet includes English Electric Lightning Jets, British Air force Buccaneer Jets and the cold war Hawker Hunter Jets. This extreme flying experience takes extreme safety precautions. The cost takes off in the top zone of flying fees, but then again then you don't have to have 20:20 vision, a funny haircut and two years experience washing aeroplanes to qualify.