Friday, March 27, 2009

South African Airforce Museum

Going on a photographic expedition for a project we are doing at work, I got to visit a couple of the museums and attractions around Port Elizabeth last week. I just realised again how many interesting places there are to visit. The problem is that most of these places don't have the funds to be really marketed to the extend that they need to. So I will do my bit and feature them in my blog.
The South African Airforce Museum behind the Port Elizabeth Airport is one of those hidden gems that very few Port Elizabeth people know about. It is housed inside one of the old airport hangers.
The Museum has a very nice collection of nine aircraft, including helicopters, a supersonic jet fighter, two of the world famous Harvard trainers amongst others, and the oldest surviving jet fighter in South Africa. There are ongoing restoration projects by a team of dedicated enthusiasts, who are members of the Friends of the S.A.A.F.Museum. Another part of the display consist of aircraft memorabilia, together with a fine collection of models and pictures in the main exhibition hall.

It is actually possible to view the restoration work being carried out in a restored World War 2 hanger next to the museum. And guess what all of this will cost visitors. Absolutely nothing. Admission is by freewill donation. It is well worth a visit for both big boys as well as little ones.


  1. Joubert would love a visit to this museum! It's a pity that these places don't get more publicity and visitors.

  2. Sommer not lekker... maybe one day?

  3. PS: Firefly, please edit the 'not' to 'net' for me...