Aviation Museums

and airworthy collections


South African Airways (SAA) Museum

Rand Airport Transvaal Aviation Club Building, Germiston, 1419

Date of visit: 2nd December 2017

Founded in 1986, the South African Airways Museum Society (SAA Museum Society) was formed by individuals working at South African Airways (SAA) and other parties interested in the preservation of SAA history and South African civil aviation. The interest started when SAA bought a Junkers Ju-52 in 1981, the museum restored the aircraft to flying condition and have subsequently been active in preserving SAA history. As well as displaying their collection of static aircraft the museum also houses a collection of SAA memorabilia, photos and aircraft scale models

Funding to the museum is helped by renting out the aircraft interiors for corporate functions, which was sadly the case when I arrived and the museum had closed early! So below are shots from the outside!

Boeing 737-219 Adv

ZS-SMD 'Pukeko' (cn 23472 / d.o.m. 1986 / acquired 14/09/2014)

Boeing 747-244B

ZS-SAN 'Lebombo' (cn 20239 / d.o.m. 1971 / acquired 05/03/2004)

Boeing 747SP-44

ZS-SPC 'Maluti' (cn 21134 / d.o.m. 1976 / acquired 30/09/2006)

Douglas C-54D-15-DC

ZS-PAJ 'Helios' (cn 22192 / d.o.m. 1945) Phoebus Apollo Aviation

Foreground: ZS-PAJ Behind: ZS-SPC & ZS-ASN

Lockheed L18-08 Lodestar

ZS-ASN 'Andries Pretorius' (cn 2026 / d.o.m. 1940 / acquired 03/12/1973 / ex SAAF 1372)

The flying aircraft, acquired by the SAA Museum Society and known as the South African Historic Flight collection,

are leased to Skyclass Aviation who operate them for charter usage. Not seen during visit:

Junkers Ju 52/3m (CASA 352L) ZS-AFA 'Jan van Riebeeck' (cn 164 d.o.m. 1954 acquired 05/1981) Awaiting CofA

Douglas DC-3 Dakota ZS-BXF 'Klapperkop' (cn 12107 d.o.m. 29/11/1943 / ex SAAF 6888 & 6821)

Douglas DC-4 Skymaster ZS-AUB 'Outeniqua' (cn 42984 d.o.m. 1946 / ex SAAF 6905)

Douglas DC-4 Skymaster ZS-BMH 'Lebombo' (cn 43157 d.o.m. 04/08/1947 / ex SAAF 6904)

also listed on SAA Museum Society website, but not seen during visit:

de Havilland DH 104 Dove ZS-BCC 'Katberg' (cn 04079 / d.o.m. 1947)

Lockheed L1649A Starliner ZS-DVJ (cn 1042 / d.o.m. 1958)

Vickers VC1A Viking ZS-DKH (cn 121 / d.o.m. 1946) Restoration underway

Boeing 707-344C ZS-SAI 'East London' (cn 20283 / ex SAAF 1421) section of fuselage and one engine

Also seen in the vicinity of Rand Airport

Antonov AN-24RV


Douglas C-54E-5-DO-

ZS-PAI 'Adas' Phoebus Apollo Aviation

Saab 340A