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South African Air Force Museum - Ysterplaat Air Force Base

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Ysterplaat Air Force Base is the second largest military aviation museum in South Africa. The Museum houses a varied collection of exhibits covering the full period of the SAAF's existence and it's operational activities as well military and civil aviation in the Cape. In addition to aircraft, weapons, engines & uniforms there is a small display of Royal Flying Corps memorabilia.

A gift shop selling models, books and posters is open on weekdays and profits are used to assist the Museum. There are facilities for the handicapped including special parking and ramps, but restroom facilities are not available.

The Library contains a large collection of aviation related books, references and research material, technical manuals, aviation related magazines, logbooks and photos - these reference materials are available to researchers on weekdays from 09h00 to 16h00 by prior appointment. A copy service is not available.

Visiting hours

The Museum is open from Mondays to Friday from 07h30 to 15h30 and on Saturday from 08h30 to 12h30. The Museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Contact details

Postal address: SAAF Museum, PO Box 100580, Ysterplaat, 7425, South Africa

Telephone: (+27) 21 508-6377

Directions by public transport

Golden Arrow buses depart from the Grand Parade Bus Station in central Cape Town bound for Brooklyn, Milnerton and Killarney. Disembark at Bus Stop No. 587 in Koeberg Road (opposite Piet Grobler Street).

Directions by car

From the N1 National Road or Black River Parkway (M5), take the Milnerton off-ramp and proceed onto Koeberg Road. Continue up Koeberg Road until the traffic lights and turn right into Piet Grobler Street. The Museum is situated inside Ysterplaat Air Force Base.