SAAF Museum to re-open next month


As of Thursday 1 October, military aviation enthusiasts and researchers will again be able to indulge their passions when the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum opens doors to the public after a six-month enforced closure thanks to government’s national state of disaster.

It’s not clear from the announcement on the official SAAF Museum website whether only museum headquarters at AFB Swartkop in Centurion will be open or if it applies to the branches at air force bases Port Elizabeth and Ysterplaat in Cape Town as well.

People planning to visit should note the museum will be open from Monday to Thursday between 08h30 and 14h00. Enquiries, including those on the opening of the Port Elizabeth and Ysterplaat branches should be made to Major Ntshangase on 012 351 2289.

In line with government directives around the coronavirus pandemic a “no mask, no entry” policy will be enforced along with compulsory hand sanitising at the base entrance and “temperature checks” (site not stated, but presumably also at AFB Swartkop’s main entrance). Social distancing, the website has it, is another “compulsory”.

“The Museum is only open to individual visits for now” and “there will be no group or school visits or other group activities until further notice”.

Work is underway on development of “a phased plan for aircrew currencies” to resume SAAF Museum flying at AFB Swartkop from the same day as the museum re-opens its doors on the first day of October, a Thursday. SAAF Museum flying training days are the first Saturday of the month. If the “phased plan” is executed, 3 October should see vintage air force platforms including Alouette II and III, Puma, Bosbok, Kudu and Harvard aircraft take to the air.