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Unique Bosbok flying at SAAF Museum

Warbird enthusiasts were treated to the maiden flight of a restored Bosbok battlefield reconnaissance aircraft at the SAAF Museum\'s April flying day this weekend.


Black Widow will join other warbirds at SAAF Museum

Arguably South Africa’s best known warbird – the distinctive black and gold Mirage IIICZ – is no longer airworthy.


Exciting year ahead for SAAF Museum

Signalling the start of an exciting new year for military aviation enthusiasts, the SAAF Museum’s first flying training day of 2014 showcased several unusual aircraft.


Chief of the SAAF: The past is important

It is important that new and current members of the SAAF are reminded of the service's past whilst preparing for the future.


SAAF Museum airshow going to be a goodie

Forty years of preserving South Africa’s military aviation history will be marked with a massive 40 helicopter formation flypast at the SAAF Museum airshow on Saturday.


Industry targeting careers at SAAF Museum air show

The fear that South Africa’s pipeline of young engineers for the aerospace and aviation sectors is “drying up” is one of the reasons why major local defence industry company, Paramount Group, is supporting the SAAF Museum and its annual airshow.


Museum acquires new helicopter exhibits

The SAAF Museum has acquired two new exhibits that symbolise the technological prowess of the South African aeronautical industry in the late twentieth century.


Ysterplaat Celebrates 70 Years

The SAAF Museum opened a small exhibition to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the formal inception of AFB Ysterplaat.


SAAF Museum gains to new jets

The fleet of military jets at the SA Air Force Museum at AFB Swartkop in Centurion has grown to 20 with the addition of a Mirage F1CZ and a Cheetah D.


Korean War Anniversary Exhibit Opens

The SAAF Museum at AFB Ysterplaat officially opened a new display today, commemorating the role of the SAAF in the Korean War which started 60 years ago.


Cape storm blows Dakota into Shackleton

The Cape stormy weather and strong winds this past week resulted in two victims from the airforce: A Dakota and the Museum Shackleton.


Berlin Airlift Exhibition Opened

The SAAF Museum at AFB Ysterplaat held a ceremony on 24 June 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.


Last Boeing 707 delivered to SAAF Museum

The SAAF delivered Boeing 707 1419 to the SAAF Museum at Swartkop today.


SAAF Museum to receive Boeing 707

A 60 Squadron Boeing 707 (1419) will be flown from AFB Waterkloof to Swartkop on Friday 5 October 2007 for delivery to the SAAF Museum.


Famous Dakota being restored

By Ronnie GlassTucked away in a hanger at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, Cape Town, is a remarkable SAAF Dakota, a Douglas C-47A, number 6832, bearing the aircraft letters KOD, which is being restored to its original pristine condition as in late 1943, w...


SAAF Museum Dakotas soldier on

The South African Air Force operated the Douglas C47 Dakota for over fifty years, dating from the Second World War in 1943, and for some time, had the distinction to operate the largest remaining fleet of Dakotas in the world.During the early 1990...


Cessna 150 for the SAAF Museum

In a constant endeavour to display a balanced history, which would represent the full facet of its rich aviation heritage, the SAAF Museum recently obtained a CESSNA 150 for static display purposes. Many would frown upon this latest arrival, it not b...


Mirage F1s return to Ysterplaat Museum

Steve McLean reports that Mirage F-1CZs 213 and 204 safely completed the journey from the former 35 Sqn enclosure at Cape Town International Airport to Ysterplaat today. Formerly on display at ThunderCity, the two aircraft, along with Buccaneer 416, ...


Ysterplaat mounts an Impala

After months of planning, an ex-85 Combat Flying School Impala MkI was placed on its pedestal at AFB Ysterplaat. Under grey skies, with the sun peeking out to have a look at proceedings, Atlas MB326M Impala MkI 531 (c/n A56) was towed from within the...


Durban Super Frelon in a state of disrepair

I recently received photographs of Super Frelon 302 (c/n 111) taken on 13 October 2004 by Brian Spurr. This Super Frelon is now thought to be at HeliBase in Cape Town, awaiting restored to flying condition....


Swartkop to be a military installation again

'It is also the intention that the entrance to the SAAF Museum will change in the near future to the northern gate. This is because Swartkop will soon revert back to a military installation with the required military security. As AFB Waterkloof i...


Biplane project brings aviation history to life

IN A hangar at the Swartkop Air Force Base outside Pretoria, an aircraft like no other in existence is being built. The Paterson biplane an exact replica of the aircraft used to train South Africas first pilots in 1913 is expected to fly in two to th...


SAAF Harvard crashes at AAD 2002

The last T-6G Harvard operated by the SAAF Museum was last on 22 September 2002 at 11h40 whilst preparing to perform a flypast on the last day of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2002 being held at AFB Waterkloof, Pretoria. After suffering a loss of powe...


New plans for Ysterplaat

SAAF BULLETIN19 April 2002: No 10/2002BULLETIN: PROGRESS WITH REGARD TO CLOSURE OF AFB YSTERPLAATSAAF Bulletin 1/2002 dated 15 February 2002 contained the details concerning the migration of AFB Ysterplaat to Air Force Station Cape Town at Cape Town ...


Mustang to be rebuilt, Spitfire put on hold

Authority has been given for the SAAF Museum Mustang, which landed wheels up at AFB Waterkloof on 6 May 2001, to be repaired. It should be ready to fly by April 2002.However, the restoration of the Spitfire, which crashed on 15 April 2000, has been p...

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