The club has a gift shop with a selction of books, DVDs, Alan Hindle (aviation artist) prints and JLPC badge. Listed below are some of the items for sale. To order please contact Courtney Watson Cell +27 (0) 83 642-3565.
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Syferfontein Airfield, South Africa
International Tiger Moth Botswana Safari - 15 April to 1 May 2011
After more than a year of planning, seven de Havilland aircraft from all over the world flew some 1500 nautical miles from South Africa through to Botswana and Zambia.
These 70 year old aircraft from Botswana, South Africa and England, completed an epic journey that took them to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the Okavango Delta, the Chobe River and Victoria Falls.
Participants came from all over the world, Australia, Botswana, England, France, Holland and South Africa; all of them brought together by the inspiration of flying open cockpit aircraft over some of Africa's last unspoilt wilderness.
Produced by Courtney Watson
The 95 Year History of Baragwanath Airfield - 1919 to 2014 by Courtney Jeffs Watson
Baragwanath Aerodrome has a rich aviation history since its inception in 1919. Thanks to the vision of Tommy Thompson and Allister Miller, who secured some unused Crown Mines land and established the original airfield, we continue to celebrate the legacy of grassroots flying today. Similarly, the Johannesburg Light Plane Club, whose base is situated at the airfield, is lauded as one of the longest continuously running flying clubs in the world.
This book captures a visual history of BaraG (as it is affectionately known), its members and the memories that form a significant portion of South Africa’s Aviation History. It is thanks to the men and women whose dedication and passion for all things airborne that we are able to continue to enjoy Baragwanath to this day.
This book is dedicated to them.
BUSH PILOTS DO IT IN FOURS - A flying autobiography by Roy Watson
Bush Pilots do it in Fours follows Roy Watson's flying career and his fascination with all things airborne, from the very first steps through the restoration of a Tiger Moth, Aeronca and Zlin and some exposure to aerobatics in these 'older' flying machines.
Thereafter, it moves towards larger aircraft, with his experiences maintaining Hawker Siddeley 748s. Roy was heavily involved in establishing an airline, specifically aimed at supplying food, to impoverished Africa and a close involvement with Russian Aircraft and Douglas DC-4s. What follows is his first taste of true 'bush flying', which evoked a distinct passion and love for the DC-4 (which inspired the title of the novel itself).
The novel finally ends up with the challenging repair and subsequent conversion onto the Boeing 707. The flying exploits vary from humorous undertakings and happenings with his elderly light aircraft up to major expeditions in commercial airliners stretching from the Antarctic as far as the Northernmost Parts of Africa. Roy describes many incidents in the air, on the ground, and with the local population in a light-hearted and entertaining light that is sure to evoke a smile or two. Click here for extracts.
‘The Point of No Return’ (1963 version) Alan’s first attempt to capture this epic event on canvas and also his very first ‘aviation themed’ painting. This painting was presented to the JLPC and it was the ‘centrepiece’ in the clubhouse for 20 years. Although one may argue that the accuracy of line and form of the aircraft is wanting there is no doubt that Alan has captured the drama of the occasion. The force of the storm is tangible and the skill and bravery of the pilots is undeniable.
Alan Hindle was an aviation artist through the 1950s to 1980s. Many considered him to have been an underrated talent. His passion was aircraft, especially biplanes of the 1920s and 1930s, and WW2 aircraft. However, he was often commissioned to paint many “modern” types as well. In his later years he even turned his brushes to painting maritime scenes.
Alan owned and flew a de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, ZS-DNP, and for many years he was particularly good at painting "Tigers".
Below are copies of his paintanings that are for sale. The prints of the paintings are all printed on synthetic cloth so they really look good. They are approximately A3 size and are ready for framing.
Download Alan Hindle Biography
More of Alan's painting can be seen here
Click on image below for larger view.
ALAN HINDLE PRINTS
Tiger Moth - Military Version This painting shows the Moth as it appeared when in Military service in the latter part of WW2.
Tiger Moth ZS-FZF This painting is a typical example of the standard of ‘commissioned’ work Alan did for owners of aircraft. He painted many different types from antiques and home-builts to the most modern commercial aircraft.
Be 2 This painting shows a WW1 Be 2 in the colours of the Royal Flying Corp, (RFC) forerunner of the RAF.
The 3 Spitfire Formation A very forceful scene featuring 3 ‘Griffon’ engined Spitfires.
Spitfire Wing-over Manoeuvre The grace and presence of one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built are captured to perfection in this painting.
3 Bristol Bulldogs in Formation This aircraft represented the last of the breed of the of the bi-plane type front-line fighter used by the RAF. A brute of an aeroplane, already out-dated by the time it entered service.
From Kitchen to Cockpit A Woman's Journey through the World of Aviation by Yvonne van den Dool
"Flowing water doesn't become stagnant, and a door pivot doesn't get worm-eaten." - An old Chinese saying.
A sincere, colourful account of the ongoing challenges that faced a young South African woman whose dream it was to fly - a woman, whose fierce determination and love of flying, combined with integrity, excellence and a keen sense of humour, has influenced women in aviation, both in South Africa and abroad.
Yvonne van den Dool paints a rich picture of the scenario of women aviators around the world from the 1950's through to the 1980's, highlighting their incredible achievements. Within this broader context of women in aviation, Yvonne shares the story of her life as South Africa's first woman to hold a Senior Commercial Pilot's Licence. With a strong, fear less spirit, Yvonne embarked on a journey that would not only lead her to fly Tiger Moths at tree-top level whilst spraying Tsetse flies at Kariba Dam, establish altitude records, represent South Africa in Washington DC as their first Governor of the Ninety-Nines and navigate the treacherous Basutoland Mountains, but also become a great role-model and mentor to her two daughters and three grand-daughters.
In 2010 Yvonne celebrated her 80th birthday by exploring the Silk Route in North Western China - an example of how she has lived life to the full. She lives in Hermanus, South Africa, where she continues to nurture her interest in physics, nature and life itself.
Ingrid, Karen, Debbie, Chantal and Tanyn