by Cathy Gatland in Pretoria, South Africa
Not my most beautiful sketches ever, but I really enjoyed spending a whole day at the Air Show with some of my plane-crazy family, armed with a sketchbook and an odd assortment of pens and markers.
The wing of a C-17 Globemaster (I'm told) military transporter shielded an excellent US Air Force band from the sun while planes and jets and things flipped around in the background.
I stuck my ticket over a plane that bore no resemblance to anything flying that day - I way overdid the number of propellers in trying to catch on paper the aircraft whizzing past. The rest, of course, were not all in the air at the same time (I think someone else has done a similar post to this recently and said the same thing?)
As we moved over to the beer garden where grown men were as excited as little kids at a birthday party, a commercial airliner played with a bunch of smaller planes (sorry I can't be more technical than that) it was like a big ballet in the sky
The activities on the ground were as fascinating to me as those in the air - so many stories, personalities, reasons for being there - a great day out for sketching, and I didn't get to half of it.