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South African Air Force Museum

South African Air Force Museum
Established 26 October 1973[1]
Location AFB Swartkop, Centurion
AFB Ysterplaat, Cape Town
Port Elizabeth Airport
Type Aviation museum

The South African Air Force Museum houses, exhibits and restores material related to the history of the South African Air Force. The Museum is divided into three locations, AFB Swartkop outside Pretoria, AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town and at the Port Elizabeth airport.


AFB Swartkop

AFB Swartkop is home to the headquarters and largest of the three museum locations, occupying at least five hangars.

It contains a number of Dassault Mirage III's, Dassault Mirage F1's, Atlas Cheetah's and various other historical aircraft as well as aviation-related items on display like ejection seats, uniforms, aircraft engines, aircraft weaponry and a Cheetah C flight simulator.

Aircraft on display

AFB Ysterplaat

AFB Ysterplaat is home to the last airworthy Avro Shackleton.The Shackleton has been grounded for several years already though, as there are not enough qualified aircrew and the remaining airframe hours are insufficient to train new crew, apart from the obvious concern of preservation of this historic aircraft.

Aircraft on display

Port Elizabeth

There are few exhibits at the Port Elizabeth Airport branch of the museum because of the limited hangar space available.

Static exhibits are housed in the original 42-Air School Air Gunnery Training Centre used during the Joint Air Training Scheme in World War II.[14]

Active restoration is being performed on a number of ground effect craft.

See also


  1. ^ "The history of the SAAF Museum". South African Air Force Museum. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  2. ^ a b c AIRCRAFT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE MUSEUM,, Retrieved 2013-10-08. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013
  3. ^ Helicopters,, Retrieved 2013-10-08. Archived from the original by The Wayback Machine on 24 December 2013.
  4. ^ Fighters,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  5. ^ Maritime Patrol,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  6. ^ Transport, Transport, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  7. ^ Recon & Observation,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  8. ^ Bombers,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  9. ^ Fighters,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  10. ^ Fighters,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  11. ^ Trainers,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  12. ^ Helicopters,, Retrieved 2013-10-08
  13. ^ Sabre 377 Restoration,
  14. ^ "SAAF Museum - Port Elizabeth". SA-Transport. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Swartkops Museum website
  • Friends of the SAAF Museum Society
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