SAAF Museum Air Show set for August


With this year’s Rand Air Show postponed until 2020, Gauteng aviation enthusiasts only have the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum air show on 31 August to look forward to.

The museum air show was originally set down for 4 May but was put on hold because of national and provincial elections four days later. Airshow South Africa subsequently indicated the Zwartkop event would take place on 8 June but this was changed, indicating the Museum air show would happen in August.

This was confirmed to defenceWeb by SAAF Corporate Staff Services.

The Rand Air Show was to have taken place at Rand Airport on Sunday 1 September, giving aviation enthusiasts two shows to attend in a 48 hour period. This will not happens with a terse announcement that the Rand air show has been postponed until next year.

The Zwartkop event is an important one for the SAAF Museum as it is the annual major fundraising initiative for the 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 Air Show attracts thousands every year to celebrate military aviation on the ground and in the air. In addition to the Museum’s collection of airworthy aircraft the hangars at the base – the oldest SAAF base in the country and part of the Imperial Gift that saw the establishment of the SAAF – house many aircraft and components giving an overall history of the force which will next year mark its centenary.

Air shows in South Africa this year have included the Middelburg Air Show on 9 March, the Stellenbosch Air show on 23 March, the Lowveld Air Show in Nelspruit on 11 May and the Newcastle Air Show on 1 June. Upcoming events include shows in Mafikeng (22 June) and Bethlehem (24 August). South Africa’s neighbour Mozambique will host an air show in Maputo on 15 June.