SAAF Museum flying training day is also airshow validation day


Tomorrow’s flying training day at the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum will be “a mini airshow” according to Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel Mike O’Connor.

The increased amount of activity is ahead of the big one – next Saturday’s Museum airshow.
“There will be a minimum of 22 aircraft flown by Museum pilots doing validation for the airshow and indications are a number of other participating will also be using the day for their validation,” he said.

Museum aircraft expected to be up and flying include the so-called “Generals’ Flight” – three vintage rotorcraft usually piloted by retired generals Hugh Paine (Alouette 11), John Church (Puma) and Piet Burger (Alouette 111) – as well as the Vampire, Albatross, Bosbok, Harvard and others.

Enthusiasts making the trip to AFB Zwartkop tomorrow will also be able to visit the Museum’s aviation memorabilia outlet. This is a new addition to the Museum and will O’Connor is sure it will provide more, much-needed income for the only recognised keeper of military aviation history in South Africa. The memorabilia outlet is being run as a partnership with The Aviation Shop.

Having missed out on first place in last year’s best airshow awards, the Museum team have been pulling out all the stops to make the 2014 edition of the airshow one to remember and hopefully bring another first home to Zwartkop.
“Preliminary planning is completed and with a number of validations flights set for tomorrow we are confident May 10 will be a day to remember,” O’Connor said.

The Silver Falcons are confirmed for the airshow and will perform at least two displays, one of them on tandem with a commercial jet.