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The Friends are a purely voluntary organisation consisting of civil members from the private sector. Originally based in Johannesburg, the Friends quickly expanded with bases in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

Objects of the Friends

The Friends are a voluntary non-profit organisation run by civilians dedicated to the preservation and display of the history and aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF). The Friends are primarily concerned with providing the Museum with three vital necessities, without which the Museum would be a mere shadow of its present self: fund-raising, maintenance and restoration work. The Cape Town branch was officially formed in 1984.Membership of the Friends is open to all and although we provide support to the SAAF Museum, we do not receive any funds from the SAAF or the government. Members who wish to work on aircraft or undertake other tasks may join various work parties. Others could help man the Museum shop or undertake research.

Donations are most welcome.

Cape Town Branch Membership

Each member, on joining the Friends, receives a welcome letter and a Membership Card which during its validity entitles the member to free admission to the Museum and discounts at selected aviation related stores. Members are invited to bring guests to the various activities and lectures hosted by the Friends. Senior members of the Cape Town branch are also kept informed of the activities of the Friends and the Museum by means of the informative annual magazine Air Heritage.

Membership fees:

South African residents: R100 per annum
Juniors and Pensioners: R50 per annum
Non-South African residents: R100 per annum (Payable by South African Rand cheque)

Membership form:

South African Air Force Association
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The SAAF Museum Website (run by the Cape Town Friends) is www.saafmuseum.org.za



Port Elizabeth

The Museum houses an interesting and varied collection of exhibits covering the full period of the SAAF's existence.

A gift shop selling books, models and posters is operated on weekends and all profits are used to assist the Museum. Refreshments and restroom facilities are available. Facilities for the handicapped include special parking and ramps.

Visiting hours

The Museum is open on every Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00.


The Museum is located on the south side of Port Elizabeth Airport.

Contact details

Telephone: +27 (0)41 505 1295

SAAF Museum