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.

Exactly when the event will happen is, at this stage, not 100% sure.

Airshow South Africa initially confirmed a new date of Saturday June 8 but this has subsequently changed with their website indicating the Zwartkop airshow is postponed to August, with no specific date given.

This is in line with the official response given to defenceWeb by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) corporate communication directorate. “The airshow will be held on August 31, 2019,” the directorate said.

A senior non-commissioned officer at the Museum on Monday told defenceWeb a new date for the show had yet been confirmed.

The SAAF Museum airshow will be the fifth major airshow of year, following the Middelburg Airshow on March 9, the Stellenbosch Airshow on March 23, the Lowveld Airshow in Nelspruit on May 12 and the Newcastle Airshow set for June 1.

The Zwartkop event is an important one for the SAAF Museum as it is the major fundraising initiative for the air force museum, headquartered at the Centurion air force base, with satellite units at AFB Port Elizabeth and AFB Ysterplaat.

Last year’s show was themed “Our Indomitable Spirit,” recognising the collective and individual sacrifices of SAAF members in pursuit of the air force mandate.

The SAAF Museum Airshow is designed to attract aviation enthusiasts, the general public as well as current and former members of the SAAF and provides an opportunity to celebrate military aviation in both static and flying conditions.