AVIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Herman Potgieter ( January 27th, 1945 - February 13th, 1998 ) was born in Vryheid ( former Natal Province, present day KwaZulu - Natal, South Africa ). He was a leading South African photographer who has won numerous national and international awards for his work, which covered a wide range of subjects. He was best known, however, for his magnificent studies of aircraft and was acknowledged as one of the world's most talented photographers in this field.
His highly successful Aircraft of the South African Air Force, published to great acclaim in 1980, enabled a wide readership to appreciate the skill and artistry of his work. Employed for many years by a leading group of magazines, he had been a freelancer since 1983.
Herman Potgieter ( along with several other journalists ) was killed when a Pilatus PC - 12 in which he was travelling from Switzerland to South Africa came down in heavy mist 30 kilometres out of Nairobi ( Kenya ). They were travelling from the game reserve at Masai Mara to Nairobi to join a sister ship which had experienced problems en route.
( sources : Internet, AVIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA, groups.google.com )