SAAF gearing up for 2019 Museum Air Show


The South African Air Force Museum is set to host its annual air show  on Saturday 7 August at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Valhalla, Pretoria, under the theme, “Embracing our collective heritage”.

The theme this year refers to South Africa’s liberation heritage and the inclusivity of all South Africans in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

With the programme still being finalised, the Air Force Museum is hoping to have all its flyable aircraft available. This will most likely include the Vampire, Harvards, Alouette II, III and Puma helicopters, amongst others.

All operational and functioning heritage aircraft at the base shall be flying with a civilian contingent that the Air Force Museum says is set to be “huge”.

The Air Force Museum is also stating that current Air Force aircraft should be in maximum attendance.

In addition to the multitude of aircraft, there will be 90 vendors and exhibitors at the air show on a predicted sunny day with a high of 21 degrees and wind blowing easterly at 13 km/h.

This year’s air show will have more entrance points than before, with a new gate on the South side and a gate for the disabled at the northern side.

Tickets are available on Computicket as well as at the entrance on the day. Tickets for over 16s are R80, 12 to 16s are R30 and under 12 is a free ticket. 

The air show will begin at 9 am and conclude at 5:30 pm, with gates opening at 7 am.