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February 23, 2013

South African Airforce Museum – A photo essay

At Air Force Base Ysterplaat, Cape Town, is an aviation nut's dream: the South African Air Force Museum.

It boasts a varied collection of exhibits that cover the history of the SAAF’s existence and operational activities, to the history of military and civil aviation in the Cape.

Along with the aircraft, weapons, engines, uniforms and others is a display of the Royal Flying Corps memorabilia.

Start your engines: the engine nacelle of a Harvard lead-in trainer. Photo courtesy of coda


The Shackleton maritime reconnaissance aircraft, a descendant of the Lancaster bomber of WWII. Photo courtesy of coda


The wing of a Harvard trainer, one of hundreds operated by the SAAF. Photo courtesy of coda


A close-up of an instrument panel. Photo courtesy of coda


Another view of a Harvard trainer, with its distinctive grey-and-dayglo orange paint scheme. Photo courtesy of coda


The business end of the Mirage F1 multi-role fighter jet. Photo courtesy of DanieVDM


The cockpit of a C47 Dakota, the workhorse of the skies. Photo courtesy of smee.bruce


A Sikorsky S55 helicopter, that saw service in the Royal Air Force. Photo courtesy of smee.bruce



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