Aviation Museums

South Africa

SAAF Museum Pretoria

AFB Zwartkop, Valhalla

Date of visit: 2nd December 2017

Unfortunately the museum was partially closed due to major construction works on their drainage systems, however they normally hold a Flying Training Day on the first Saturday of every month when some of the SAAF Historic Flight collection (and other aircraft based at AFB Zwartkop) are flown, plus other static aircraft can be viewed. My visit coincided with the last Training Day of 2017.

Static Display

Aerospatiale SA-330C Puma

129

Atlas XH-1 Alpha

01 Prototype

Atlas Cheetah C

342 'Spotty'

Atlas Cheetah D2

847

Atlas Cheetah E

842 (cn 17F/1A)

Atlas MB326M Impala Mk I

532 Silver Falcons '2' (cn A57)

Atlas MB326M Impala Mk I

589 (cn 114)

Atlas MB326KC Impala Mk II

1065 (cn 66)

Avro 716 Shackleton MR Mk 3

1721 / 'N' / cn 1531

Boeing 707-328C

1419 (ex F-BLCL, ZS-LSK & SAAF AF619) cn 19917

Boeing 707-328C

1417

Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk 6

361 'F' (cn 1470)

CASA CN235M-10

8026

Dassault Mirage IIIBZ

816 2 Sqd "R" (cn 218F-18A)

Dassault Mirage IIIBZ

818 2 Sqd 'U', 'R' (cn BZ-3)

Dassault Mirage IIICZ

805 2 Sqd 'E' (cn 158F)

Dassault Mirage IIIRZ

835 (cn 1F-1A)

Dassault Mirage IIIRZ

838 (cn 4F-4A)

Dassault Mirage F1AZ

235 (cn AZ.20)

Dassault Mirage F1AZ

assumed to be 216

Dassault Mirage F1CZ

203 (cn 4CZ 4F/4A)

de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB Mk 52

229 / cn V0581

English Electric Canberra T Mk 4

457 (ex- WJ991 & nose SBH2381 of 2085 (RhAF) ) cn 71543

Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S Mk 50

414 / cn SA4 17

Lockheed L18-08 Lodestar

ZS-ATL 'Jan van Riebeek' (cn 2058)

Lockheed L-37 B-34 Ventura Mk II

6112 "AR" AJ504 / 'R' - "GZOU" / 'B' "Lee"(cn 4642)

Lockheed L-37 PV-1 Ventura GR Mk 5

6487 Bu49403, JT861 (cn 6219)

Lockheed L-37 PV-1 Ventura GR Mk 5

Bu49474, JT867, 6498 (SAAF), TS-306 (cn 6290)

MIL Mi 24 Hind A

34 (cn 4202034) SU-97 (Algerian Air Force)

North American F-51D Mustang

325 ' Patsy Dawn / 44-72202, Fv 26112 "N", FAD 1917 (cn 122-38661)

Paterson Biplane No.2

Full size replica

Pilatus PC-7 Mk.II

ATTD1

Sikorsky S-51

A1 (SAAF), ZS-HBT (cn 51-102)

Transall C160Z

337 (cn Z-4)

DRONES, RPVS AND ROCKETS

Kentron Champion

019

Kentron Flowchart 2

Full size mockup

RSA 3 IRBM

Space launch rocket

Meteor PTR-2

Target Drone

CSIR Aerotek

UAV

In storage

Atlas MB326M Impala

577

Dassault Mirage IIICZ

809 2 Sqd 'J' (cn 168F/10CZ)

Dornier DO-27Q-1

ZS-CMA (cn 27-1901-2034) & assumed ex-VQ-ZBK, ZS-FAH (cn27-1901-2035)

North American SNJ-4 AT-6C HARVARD Mk 4

7674 (cn 88-13718)

Westland Wasp HAS Mk 1

assumed to be 96 (cn F9764/WAB28)

Teledyne Ryan Model 124 Firebee I

Target drone

RESTORATION PROJECT

Supermarine 361 Spitfire HF Mk IXe

5553 'AX-K' TE213, 5518 (SAAF), W5518 (cn CBAF11274)

Spitfire 5518 arrived in South Africa in 1947 and served in the Cape and at Waterkloof Air Force Base before being decommissioned as a gate guard. Having been restored to flying condition by the SAAF Museum she retook to the skies in 1994 as 5553 'The Spirit of Reutech', but unfortunately sustained severe damage after a crash at an air show at Zwartkop in 2000.

In October 2014 the Pretoria Branch of the Friends of the SAAF Museum were given the go ahead to manage the rebuild project.

From the banner on the side of their workshop

Current insignia introduced in 2003: Low visibility roundel / Ensign / standard roundel

Roundels: 1947 to 1958 / 1958 to 1981