SAAF Museum in partnership with Mango Airlines will be showcasing an Aviation Awareness program on Friday, May 9, at 8am, at Air Force Base Swartkop, which will be integrated into the Air Show preparation and display plans. This should reinforce the Aviation Awareness theme (“Up Where they Belong”) to young members of the public. The Annual Air Show proper will take place on Saturday, May 10, from 9am to 6pm, at Swartkop Airfield alongside Old Johannesburg road in Valhalla, Pretoria.
The day is aimed at aviation awareness, which is the basis for the existence of the SAAF Museum. The Air show is held to demonstrate the heritage of the SAAF and its flying aircraft and also to raise money for the servicing and maintenance of Museum equipment, as well as to maintain various aircraft types flown by the SAAF Museum and the flying currencies of the Pilots, who are all volunteers, either holding senior positions within the SAAF or being on the Reserve Force.
The SAAF Museum is a centre of tourist attraction; this is proven by visiting statistics, which show an average of 5000 visits on a monthly basis. The estimated number of the attendants during the air show is 30000.
There will be close to a dozen SA Air Force Museum Aircraft flying display (Vintage aircraft), 40 odd civilian warbirds, numerous SAAF aircraft, and close to 100 Paragliders. There will also be model aircraft flying on the day, as well as a car club exhibition, food and refreshment stalls and a tour of museum static displays on the particular day.
* Entrance fee at the gate is R50 per adult and free for children under the age of 12. For more information, visit www.saafmuseumairshow.co.za, or www.saafmuseum.org; or call 012 351 2501.