Category: News

Donation of Aeroshell W120 for the Griffons

The South African Air Force Museum and the Crew of 1722 take the opportunity of thanking Mr Freddi Stafford of SOS Oil for the desperately needed generous donation of a drum of Aeroshell W120 oil for our four hungry Rolls Royce Griffon 57A’s.

Appointment Of New Chief Of The South African Air Force

 C SANDF has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Major General Fabian Zimpande (ZAKES) Msimang as the new Chief of the South Africa Air Force with effect from 01 October 2012.  Maj Gen Msimang intergrated into the South African National Defence Force in 1994 after the first democratic Elections as a qualified pilot on the…
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Shackleton MR.3 Engine Run

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TAF Skimmerfoil arrives in Port Elizabeth

On Wednesday 4th July 2007 an unusual new exhibit arrived on a flatbed at the SAAF Museum in Port Elizabeth.  The Skimmerfoil Jörg IV is an extremely interesting craft which brought a uniquely new dimension to the Museum. The TAF (Tandem Airfoil Flareboat) Skimmerfoil is referred to as a WIG (wings into ground) craft.  Its…
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Sunset Call – Tom Cockbain

  It is with sadness that we have to report the passing away of Tom Cockbain on 24 May 2012 at the age of 94. The funeral service details are as follows: Thursday 31st,May 15h00 hrs. Settlers Park Retirement Village in Don Prowess Hall Port Alfred. Our Condolences goes to the family and friends.  …
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Bofors Ant-Aircraft Gun – PE

The restoration of a WW2 40mm Mk 1 Anti-Aircraft field gun is taking place in the Parachute loft. Permission to visit this work in progress must be obtained and guided by a staff member. The Bofors gun is an anti-aircraft autocannon designed by the Swedish defense firm Bofors. It was the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft…
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Airspeed Oxford Restoration

By Paul Stringer   When Airspeed Oxford G-AITF (ED290) arrived at the SAAF Museum in Port Elizabeth, it was hoped that with assistance from the SAAF and interested local commercial sponsors, the aircraft might be put back into the air – or at the very least into a taxi-able condition. [scrollGallery id=2] The engines were…
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South Africa’s oldest paratrooper

Bloemfontein- The oldest still-serving member of South Africa’s elite paratroops, Major Hans Human, has been a paratrooper all his life, whether as a National Serviceman or a member of the Reserve Force. He’s been jumping out of aeroplanes for more than 47 years. Read more:

Beaufighter KV-930 of 19 Squadron based at Biferno, Italy

QUESTION: Dear Sir or Madam, I research to find any information about the following crashed-ditched. 0n 12 September 1944 a Beaufighter KV-930 of 19 (SAAF)Squadron,crashed near to the shore of Ithaki Island (Greece).Both crew members survived the crash. My interest is in discovering further information.Any details that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.…
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