Joburg from the Air

I was very fortunate to get a trip on a Robinson R44 with my one ex-boss,  from Grand Central Airport, to Panorama Airfield near Alberton and then onwards to Rand Central and back. I took a lot of video and quite a few stills that really came out much better than I expected, given the reflections off the canopy. My one regret is that I never took more. These images are really amongst my favourite, and they are mostly 1500×1000 and open in a new window. Unfortunately some of my identification of a areas is sometimes vague because frankly I have never seen any of these places from the air before. Enjoy the pics, they open in a new window.

My ride for the morning (registration removed)
My ride for the morning (registration removed)
Heading South and approaching  the Buchleuch Intersection
Heading South and approaching the Buchleuch Intersection
Still heading South and approaching Sandton City
Still heading South and approaching Sandton City
Auckland Park, SABC and Sentech Tower coming up.
Auckland Park, SABC and Sentech Tower coming up.
Hillbrow Tower and Ponte coming up on the left
Hillbrow Tower and Ponte coming up on the left
Braamfontein Cemetery
Braamfontein Cemetery
Braamfontein Yard with Newtown on the right and Park Station in the distance
Braamfontein Yard with Newtown on the right and Park Station in the distance
Makro, Crown Mines, Edgardale area
Makro, Crown Mines, Edgardale area
The much dreaded Crown Interchange
The much dreaded Crown Interchange
Columbine Avenue area, still heading South towards Panorama Airfield
Columbine Avenue area, still heading South towards Panorama Airfield

At Panorama Airfield we landed and stretched our legs and checked that all the nuts and bolts were still there and then took off once again heading North and then East to Rand Airport. 

"The Glenn" shopping centre in Gleneagles/Oakdene
“The Glenn” shopping centre in Gleneagles/Oakdene
Rand Stadium, Hector Norris Park,  James Hall Transport Museum and Wemmer Pan
Rand Stadium, James Hall Transport Museum and Wemmer Pan
Turffontein Race Course
Turffontein Race Course
Johannesburg in the distance. approaching from the South
Johannesburg in the distance. approaching from the South
Johannesburg. with the Carlton centre the highest point

We were not allowed to overfly the city, so turned East, heading towards Rand Airport. I have to admit I do not know this area we were approaching too well.

Rand Airport. Spot the classics.
Rand Airport. Spot the classics.

After leaving Rand Airport we headed West before turning North once again.

City Deep Container Depot
Approaching Benrose and George Goch
Approaching Benrose and George Goch
Aproaching South East Johannesburg. Ellis Park in the distance
Approaching South East Johannesburg. Ellis Park in the distance
Ellis Park Rugby Stadium on the left,
Ellis Park Rugby Stadium on the left,
Ponte and Hillbrow Tower
Ponte and Hillbrow Tower
Joburg General Hospital behind the canopy reflection
Joburg General Hospital behind the canopy reflection
Midrand Gautrain works
Midrand Gautrain works
Grand Central Aiport, and we are back safely.
Grand Central Airport, and we are back safely.

It was a unique morning, and I am very grateful to one of the nicest bosses I have ever worked for. 

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