SAAF getting ready for Zwartkop airshow


The South African Air Force (SAAF) is getting ready to host the annual Museum air show at AFB Zwartkop next weekend, with the theme “Our Indomitable Spirit”.

The SAAF said the theme appreciates and recognizes the collective and individual sacrifices of its members in pursuit and realization of the SAAF’s mandate. “As the aviation historical hub of the SAAF, SAAF Museum continues in its endeavours in collecting, restoring, preserving and exhibiting heritage and traditions of the SAAF and military aviation.”

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.

A number of current SAAF aircraft will be seen on 5 May, including the Gripen and Hawk jets, C-130 Hercules transport, PC-12 utility aircraft and Oryx, A109 and Rooivalk helicopters.

Various SAAF Museum aircraft will also be participating including Alouette II, Allouette III and SA 330L Puma helicopters, Harvard trainers, Atlas C4M Kudu, Aermacchi AM 3C Bosbok, and Cessna 185 utility aircraft, Vampire jet and the Patchen Explorer one-off prototype.

The air show will be held on 5 May 2018 from 09:00 until 17:00, at Air Force Base (AFB) Zwartkop, Old Johannesburg road in Valhalla, Pretoria. Tickets are available at Computickets for R80 while children under 16 years get in for free. Gates will open from 07:00 till 17:00.

The general public will also park alongside Old Johannesburg Road & Trichard Road. Gautrain buses will be available to shuttle people from Centurion and Pretoria stations to the venue. Gautrain cards are required for the use of this service.