Pilots protect airspace, cloud boys violate airspace. The expensive noise of the air force over Pretoria on 11 September reminded the capital that South Africa had jet fighters, support the international arms racket, and that some soldiers disrespect civil society.
A Centurion resident wrote to local newspapers that jet noise ‘downgrades public safety and health considerations’. The letter continues: “The air force had apparently commemorated the Iraqi-USA terror attacks of 11 September, and demonstrated its control of scenic no-fly zones, in solidarity with an imagined axis of non-evil.
“The air force incidentally also demonstrated that it is capable of using imported arms against the local population.
“Aviators practice airmanship. Defence pilots strategise and practice control of entry into airspace. Cloud boys, like some Gripen pilots, instructors, commanders and generals, prefer propaganda and dominance display.
“Bereft of an enemy, they do what boys with bling toys do. Subject to the thrill of the semblance of power, public safety and health are downgraded, far beneath supposed public security and supposed international law and order.
“Defence cloud boys are no different from boys who buzz their girlfriend’s house and crash land, or car freaks who watch car movies, race on public roads, and post the names of civilian casualties in pubs, or the arsehole with the unbaffled motorcycle who reminds a whole suburb of his immaturity.
“Avgas, already in short supply and secured only at great diplomacy, expense, and loss of life, should be sold only to responsible defence units, with larger organs or personalities, and smaller egos.”
From a family, Centurion, Pretoria