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Palmietfontein Airport revisited this morning

Postby GooneyBird » Sat Nov 24, 2007 6:29 pm

Having heard (and read) a lot about Palmietfontein Airport, Jaws and I decided to find it and investigate. After finding it courtesy of Google Maps (look near Natalspruit hospital), we fired up my trusty old DKW and disappeared, in a blue cloud of two-stroke smoke, into the charming ( :shock: ) surrounds of Tokoza. We found the main runway, mostly intact, parts of the cross runway, and by consulting a very old map of the Palmietfontein racetrack (opened 1956), what I suspect is the terminal building. What appears to be the terminal is now Tokoza Beer Hall, and the area where the hangars were is now a hostel. The hangars still exist at ORTIA though, as they were removed and re-erected there in 1953. The terminal building was later used as the "grandstand" for the racetrack I understand. It is given away by its yellow brick construction, architechture and the serious concrete (a la apron type) in front of it. It is currently about three street blocks from the cross runway. The runways themselves are constructed of a very large type gravel stones and were pretty strengthened, hence their longevity. Jaws will post some pics as soon as he can. I'm hoping someone has another pic of the terminal building or can positively ID the building :D we've photographed, as photos of Palmietfontein are very rare and we haven't found anything on it.
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Postby AT6C » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:03 pm

Gooneybird,
Interesting to know where the place is,I'll try and find it the next time that I'm in the area.
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Postby Agent Cooper » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:13 pm

Are we allowed to see the pic's please, this could be interesting, surely RayW must have some info as well.
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Postby Ray W » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:05 pm

Agent wrote:Are we allowed to see the pic's please, this could be interesting, surely RayW must have some info as well.


Not really Agent - I do remember being taken there as a very young child, by my Dad, to see the DH Comet's but thats about it.

There is some info here

http://www.saamuseum.co.za/files/SAAMS.doc
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Postby GooneyBird » Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:13 am

Jaws has the pics, he should post some soon. I still have one Merc BTW. Palmietfontein certainly had an eerie feeling about it - one could almost hear those big pistons thundering off that runway.
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Postby Dan » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:55 am

glad to see you got out there alive and with your wheels,

use to use that runway as a marker many years ago
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Re: Palmietfontein Airport revisited this morning

Postby C208 » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:48 pm

GooneyBird wrote:Having heard (and read) a lot about Palmietfontein Airport, Jaws and I decided to find it and investigate. After finding it courtesy of Google Maps (look near Natalspruit hospital), we fired up my trusty old DKW and disappeared, in a blue cloud of two-stroke smoke, into the charming ( :shock: ) surrounds of Tokoza. We found the main runway, mostly intact, parts of the cross runway, and by consulting a very old map of the Palmietfontein racetrack (opened 1956), what I suspect is the terminal building. What appears to be the terminal is now Tokoza Beer Hall, and the area where the hangars were is now a hostel. The hangars still exist at ORTIA though, as they were removed and re-erected there in 1953. The terminal building was later used as the "grandstand" for the racetrack I understand. It is given away by its yellow brick construction, architechture and the serious concrete (a la apron type) in front of it. It is currently about three street blocks from the cross runway. The runways themselves are constructed of a very large type gravel stones and were pretty strengthened, hence their longevity. Jaws will post some pics as soon as he can. I'm hoping someone has another pic of the terminal building or can positively ID the building :D we've photographed, as photos of Palmietfontein are very rare and we haven't found anything on it.


Hi GooneyBird .. Could this be it ?
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Postby Mike Paper » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:26 am

I googled Palmietfontein images and came up with this old map of the GP circuit!

http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/palmietf.html
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Postby GooneyBird » Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:41 pm

That's the place alright! Still waiting for Jaws to post the pics - says he don't know how :oops: BTW I will escape with my wheels - when last did you hear of a hijacked 1960 DKW? :D
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Postby Mike Paper » Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:20 pm

Pleeeez put on the pics - really want to see them!
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Postby cvh: » Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:10 am

same here :D
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Postby Theuns v V » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:42 pm

Hi .

If this is in Katlahong/ Thokoza area,is that street right next to the runway's end "Khumalo street"(main enterence into township)?

If so I recall it from my deployment there as a opsmedic back in 1995(ops Protecto)looks farmiliar.

What is that earth structure in the middle of the runway,anybody know?

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Palmietfontein Airport revisited this morning

Postby Jaws » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:36 am

Hi Guys

Some pictures of the remains of Palmietfontein Airport runway taken 24 November 2007
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Postby GooneyBird » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:29 pm

The pics are very BEEEEEEEEG, but Jaws learnt how to post them! 8) Now you can count the klippies in the runway at Palmietfontein! :lol:
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Postby Superfueler » Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:19 pm

Awesome. Nice bit of history there...who knows the Palmietfontein history?
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