Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mirage


The SA Airforce Museum in Port Elizabeth must be one of the best kept secrets (which is a pity) the city has to offer. The museum is housed in the original 42-Air School Air Gunnery Training Centre behind the Port Elizabeth Airport. The building was part of the 42 Air School Complex, one of the largest of the RAF/SAAF Training Bases in South Africa during World War II. After successful negotiations between the Museum Board and The Friends of The Museum, permission was granted by the Chief of the Air Force in 1990 to establish the Port Elizabeth branch of the SAAF Museum. This was on condition that a suitable site could be found and that there would be no official funding for setting up the museum. The museum is run mostly by a group of volunteers and funding is sourced through the private sector. The museum's static exhibits, of which the Dassault-Breguet Mirage F1CZ above is part of, are housed in the Centre while the working part of this museum is housed in one of the original Bellman hangars next door.
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GPS: 33°59'22.54"S, 25°37'4.68"E

2 comments:

  1. This has to be one of the interesting attraction in Port Elizabeth.
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