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Re: SAA Museum Society pix

Unread post by photon » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:47 pm

Today I am posting some pics that were found in an album that was donated to the Museum Society by the McAdam family.
The photos were taken around 1934 and show aircraft of the early days of the SAAF.

De Havilland DH9 "125" in all silver finish; his aircraft was one of the planes of the "Imperial Gift" of 100 planes that was donated by Britain to the Union of South Africa in 1920.

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SAAF Westland Wapiti

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De Haviland 66 Hercules "260" of the SAAF.
This was one ( ex G-AAJH "City of basra") of three DH Herculeses that were purchased by the SAAF from Imperial Airways.

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Unread post by AIRBATIC » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:18 pm

Wow, what an awesome bit of history. What happened to all these old girls? Wouldn’t it be great if we had some still maintained and active today...

Thanks for the post
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Unread post by Bearcat » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:19 pm

Nice quality pics :) .. and not ones that have been used in publications before
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Unread post by photon » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:28 am

AIRBATIC wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:18 pm
Wow, what an awesome bit of history. What happened to all these old girls? Wouldn’t it be great if we had some still maintained and active today...

Thanks for the post
All The DH9 (except one) came to their end by attrition, crashes and were taken out of service by 1937 and scrapped.A few went on to the civil register. One still exists today and can be seen at the SA Military history Museum in Saxonwold.
The Wapitis soldiered on until the beginning of WW II , none of them were preserved.
The last of the three DH 66 Hercules was taken out of service in 1943.
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Unread post by photon » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:38 am

Bearcat wrote:
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Nice quality pics :) .. and not ones that have been used in publications before
Thanks Bruce :D
Sometimes it is a bit of an effort to get them cleaned up and made presentable considering that the original photographs are only 8,5X5cm but in general they come out OK.
Quite a few have indeed not been seen in publications. That is the reason for having started this thread; we find these gems in the archive but they are too small for display at the Museum so we share them here on Avcom for all to see.
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Tomcat1 wrote:
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North American Harvard Mk.II ZS-WLP in company of Boeing 747's ZS-SAT 'Johannesburg" and ZS-SAP "Swartberg"

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I used to work in that hanger, 747 stores. Long story but if it wasn't for the SAA GP back in the 90's I would have been part of the build of "Spook" :evil:
Is she still flying???
Nobody has said if "Spook" is still flying???
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Unread post by photon » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:22 am

Hi Tomcat1

I'll be going to the SAA Museum on Saturday ; I'll try to find out for you if Spook is still flying.
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Hi Tomcat1

I'll be going to the SAA Museum on Saturday ; I'll try to find out for you if Spook is still flying.
Thanks :wink:
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Unread post by photon » Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:24 pm

SAAF Avro Tutor "710"

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Re: SAA Museum Society pix

Unread post by Ray W » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:23 am

photon wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:28 am
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Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:18 pm
Wow, what an awesome bit of history. What happened to all these old girls? Wouldn’t it be great if we had some still maintained and active today...

Thanks for the post
All The DH9 (except one) came to their end by attrition, crashes and were taken out of service by 1937 and scrapped.A few went on to the civil register. One still exists today and can be seen at the SA Military history Museum in Saxonwold.
The Wapitis soldiered on until the beginning of WW II , none of them were preserved.
The last of the three DH 66 Hercules was taken out of service in 1943.
This is the only DH9 left in SA. Nobody knows what her actual SAAF serial was but she was ZS-AOI at some stage of the game after she left the SAAF. Consensus is that she was SAAF 139 but this can't be proved. ZS-AOI was registered in June 1936 and was impressed into the SAAF again as 2005 in March 1940. She didn't fly with the SAAF during WW2 but was used as an instructional airframe.
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Unread post by photon » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:27 pm

Some pics of interesting aircraft that visited South Africa in the mid 1930's
A Romanian registered ICAR Universal Biloc YR-ACK

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Visitor from Italy is this Caproni Ca.111 I-ACIA

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De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth ZS-ADH

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