Air Force Museum
Take an imaginary flight with the aviators of yesteryear with a visit to the South African Air Force Museum at Ysterplaat, where the winged wonders of a bygone era have been preserved for posterity.
At Ysterplaat Air Force Base, the 22 Squadron operates Oryx and Lynx helicopters to support the army, navy and special forces. It also takes on the roles of sea and maritime search and rescue, firefighting, crime prevention, flood relief and support for the South African Antarctic Programme. The 35 Squadron takes on a variety of maritime and transport roles as well as intelligence gathering and services such as monitoring illegal fishing.
The South African Air Force Museum, which records the history of aviation in this country, also has a branch at Ysterplaat Air Force Base. The museum collects records and articles of historical significance, and preserves older aircraft, which are especially popular with children.
Operating hours: 08h00 to 15h00 Wednesday to Fridays; and 08h30 to 12h00 Saturdays; closed on Sundays and holidays.
For details of exhibitions as well as their days and times vistit the SAAF Museum Website.
- Phone: +27 (0)21 508 6576
- Physical Address: Ysterplaat Air Force Base
Between N1 and Koeberg Road
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Of all three SAAF Museum in SA, this one's static small item exhibtions are the best! Very neatly done. The staff's support in my research can only be described as absolutely great! Such a friendly reception will always be remembered. I expected to see more aircraft on display. Hou so aan, julle doen goeie werk!
The museum displays are most interesting and well displayed but two young boys travelled from England hoping to see the old aircraft especially the Shackleton only to be told " Come back on Saturday " VERY POOR PR ! ! ! ! !
I think it is very poor that the aircfaft displays are only open on a Saturday and you dont state that in your hours of opening. Some people travel a long way to see them.!