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South African 743 Question  
User currently offlineWdleiser From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 963 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Hey what was the reason for painting one of their 743's in the Ndizani livery? Was it for the 96 Olympics and SA's athletes or for the 2012 olympic bid?

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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

South Africa had bid to get the 2004 Olympic Games to be hosted in Cape Town - Ndizani was one of the promotional tools for that...

Unfortunately, the bid failed - but, fortunately, the livery stayed.


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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

I flew Ndizani from ZRH to JNB back in 2003. A great plane indeed ...

What was the date they introduced this special color?

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User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

I have flown on Ndizani from ZRH to JNB in 2003 as well. May be we have been on the same flight.  Wink

User currently offlineBobg From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

If my memory serves me correctly Ndizani was used to transport the South African olympics team to Atlanta in '96. The colour scheme was applied for the flight and was never changed. The aircraft is currently sitting in the middle of Johannesburg International Airport looking quite forlorn.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
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Bobg is correct, the colour scheme had nothing to do with the Cape Town bid. I remember seeing Ndizani flying around over Cape Town before departing for Atlanta, escorted by 2 fighter jets, was an impressive sight flying round in front of Table Mountain!

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