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Gate guards are part of military aviation history and tradition

The deployment of gate guards in the form of aircraft no longer in service is a time-honoured tradition in air forces around the world and the SA Air Force (SAAF) is no different.


2020: Airforce looks to celebrate centenary through 25 years of Democracy

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is planning on hosting a number of activities during 2020 to celebrate the official founding of what is commonly referred to as the second oldest Commonwealth air force.


Historical hangar damaged in AFB Swartkop fire

A hangar fire at AFB Swartkop, home to the SAAF Museum, was contained on the morning of Saturday 10 August.


Election puts SAAF Museum airshow on hold

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base Zwartkop will not hold its annual air show on May 4 with national and provincial elections four days later cited as the reason for postponement.


SAAF Museum Spitfire fighter project at 'critical point'

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum project to rebuild, into flying condition, one of only two Supermarine Spitfires in South Africa has reached a critical point, requiring significant investment to be able to effectively proceed.


Angola asked for return of MiG-21

After almost 30 years of a MiG-21 fighter jet being in South African hands, Angolan officials have stated that the aircraft remained the property of their country.


SA returns MiG fighter to Angola

Under a cloak of secrecy, the South African government has returned a MiG-21 fighter jet that it acquired during the Border War conflict in 1988.


SAAF Museum working on restoration projects and transformation displays

As part of its role in preserving South Africa's military aviation heritage through its museum, the SAAF is compiling a history which is inclusive and reflects all factors that have made the SAAF what it is today.


New boss for SAAF Museum

The new man in charge of the SAAF's military aviation history via its three museums is Lieutenant Colonel Thor Fredericks.


SAAF Museum adds a Cessna 185 to its inventory – more to come

A silver Cessna 185, bearing the words "SA Army/SA Leer," took to the air for the first time after refurbishment to become another of the Museum's flyable aircraft.


SAAF Museum flight's new addition ready to fly

The latest addition to the SAAF Museum flight – a Cessna 150 – is expected to take part in the September flying training day.


SAAF Museum air show promises to be a goodie

This Saturday is air show day at AFB Zwartkop when the SAAF Museum's annual fundraiser takes to the skies.


Retired SAAF general back to add value to military heritage

Retired SAAF Major General "Lucky" Ngema is back in uniform, as a Reserve Force officer, tasked with bringing the air force museum into line regarding the pre-integration history of the non-statutory forces.


SAAF Museums open once again!

The SAAF Museum at Zwartkop and the two satellite branches at Cape Town and Port Elizabeth will once again be open to members of the public as of Thursday 9 October.


Air Force chief apologises for Museum closure

SAAF Chief Lt Gen Zakes Msimang and the Air Force Command Council have apologised for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the SAAF Museum headquarters and one of its satellites.


SAAF Museums closed until further notice

In a move that has shocked both SAAF Museum staff and aviation enthusiasts alike, the SAAF Museum has issued a notice saying that all three popular aviation museum will be closed until further notice.


Attempted theft behind SAAF Museum closure

Two factors are behind the current temporary closure of the SAAF Museum at AFB Zwartkop as well as its satellites at Air Force Bases Port Elizabeth and Ysterplaat.


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.

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