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IMPORTANT NOTICE

THIS IS AN INDEPENDENT AND UNOFFICIAL WEB SITE PROMOTING THE THEME AND REMEMBRANCE OF HISTORIC FLIGHT IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. NONE OF THE PLANES PICTURED ON THIS SITE ARE THE PROPERTY OF THE SITE OWNER. THE SITE DOES NOT  PURPORT TO REPRESENT IN ANY WAY THAT ANY PLANES FEATURED ARE NECESSARILY AVAILABLE FOR HIRE VIA THIS SITE OR THAT THE SITE HAS ANY SPECIFIC ASSOCIATION WITH THESE PLANES OR THE COMPANIES THAT RUN THEM. SOME OF THE PLANES ARE NO LONGER FLYING. THOUGH THE AIRCRAFT PICTURED ON THESE PAGES MAY IN CERTAIN CASES CARRY THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) LOGO THEY DO NOT NECESSARILY IN ANY WAY REPRESENT SAA OR PURPORT TO DO SO.  IN SOME CASES THESE PLANES MAY OR MAY NOT ANY LONGER CARRY SAA LIVERY OR BE OPERATED OR OWNED BY SAA. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR ANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF SAA STAFF OR OTHER PERSONS PICTURED HEREIN.  IN ADDITION, THIS SITE HAS NO DIRECT ASSOCIATION WITH ANY AIRLINE OR OTHER COMPANY, ESPECIALLY WITH SAA OR TRANSNET HERITAGE FOUNDATION'S SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORIC FLIGHT DIVISION, EVEN IF SOME OF THE PLANES FEATURED MAY ONCE HAVE BEEN OWNED BY THESE ENTITIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE. OTHERWISE, PLEASE ENJOY THE SITE, THE GALLERY AND THE STORIES CONTAINED HEREIN.


 
 
       
WELCOME
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The South African Historic Flight cc is singularly devoted to catering to your 
real flying  access to South Africa's unrivaled range of historic planes. 
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Call us anytime, day or night 24/7/365 for all your trans African Air Charter requirements. 
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The new mandate of South African Historic Flight is devoted to supporting all the different airlines and individuals flying historic planes in The Republic of South Africa. We are also able to source more modern aircraft if suitable to the task. South Africa is a jewel of flying classic aircraft and we are deeply devoted to keeping this concept alive.
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Join the ranks of king and queens, divas and dignitaries, pop stars and personalities who marveled, at the perfect comfort, precision and performance of Southern Africa's historic planes. Enjoy the pampering of our highly experienced, hand-picked crew, steeped in the tradition of serenity, service and style. Relive the romance of a bygone era in the luxury of meticulously restored vintage craft, led by the Grand Dames of the African sky. 
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Take for example ‘Tante Ju’, as she is affectionately known, is closely linked to the early history of South African Airways. Following the formation of the national airline in 1934, SAA took delivery of three Junker Ju-52’s which proved so successful that 19 of the new, bigger-engined aircraft were ordered in the mid 1930s. The 15 aircraft which were eventually delivered, were all commandeered by the SA Airforce and it was, therefore, with great enthusiasm that a Junker Ju-52 was welcomed back to SAA in 1983. ‘Tante Ju’ was lovingly restored, painted in the livery of the 1930s and took to the air again on 16 January 1984. South Africa arguably has one of  the largest and most diverse vintage range of old airliners flying in the world today. From the DC-4's,  DC-3's and Convair aircraft operated in Johannesburg to the Lightning fighters at Thunder City in Cape Town, South Africa is a monument to these jewels of the sky. Why not charter one of these planes with us. Our non exclusive access to these different companies allows you the flexibility to choose from a range of different aircraft and options.
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History of the Skymaster

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SAA’s first DC-4 Skymaster service was introduced between Johannesburg and Cape Town on 1 May 1946 and two months later, the second and third aircraft - named Lebombo and Outeniqua respectively - were introduced on the Springbok Service to supplement the joint SAA - BOAC Avro York flights. The Skymaster flight on the route Johannesburg - Nairobi - Khartoum -Tripoli - Hurne (near Bournemouth in England) took about 36 hours. Three more DC-4’s were ordered by mid 1947 and with the arrival of the 7th DC-4 ZS-BMH, at the end of 1947, the Avro Yorks were withdrawn from the Springbok Service. When in-flight entertainment was introduced to the Springbok Service it took form of film shows on certain DC-4’s, which was later extended to all Skymasters on the route.  
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The delivery of four Lockheed Constellation aircraft between May and August 1950, spelt the end of an era for the Skymasters on the Springbok Service and they were rescheduled to handle all major domestic and regional services.  
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At the end of 1992, SAA bought the DC-4’s back from the Air Force and were all restored and repainted in the SAA livery of the Skycoach service of the fifties and sixties.  
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During their illustrious career, the Skymasters flew no less than 209 017 hours, covering more than 41 million miles. .

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Safaris in Style
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Take an ideal safari tour on a Douglas DC-3 Dakota, seating 18 - 28 passengers, which is a favorite for safaris throughout Southern Africa. For example the Douglas DC-3 Dakota Klapperkop was originally built for and delivered to the United States Army Air Force on 29 December 1943. One month later it was transferred to the Royal Air Force and on 31 January 1944 transferred to Cairo to the no 5 wing of the South African Air Force. On 16 August 1948, Klapperkop found its way to South African Airways where it was registered as ZS-BXF and saw service with SAA until it was returned to 44 Squadron on 8 February 1971. After a further 20 years with the Air Force, Klapperkop was returned to SAA's then South African Historic Fight Division on 14 February 1991 where it was painstakingly restored to its present immaculate condition. In recent years Klapperkop has undertaken numerous all inclusive package tours to various destinations, including game lodges in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, as well as trips to the Victoria Falls. Klapperkop seats a total of 24 passengers in a business class configuration, and up to four crew members. It has a cruising speed of 290 km/h at a cruising altitude of 11 000 feet.  
 


Dakota cockpit
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About South African Historic Flight cc
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The South African Airways Historic Flight was formed in 1994 by the legendary SAA Captain Flippie Vermulen. After Coleman Andrews became Chief Executive of SAA at the turn of the millennium the assets and running of The South African Airways Historic Flight were transferred to Transnet Heritage Foundation, a division of Transnet, a government entity known as a "parastatal" in South Africa.  At this time the assets of this entity were moved to Swartkop AIrforce Base near to Pretoria. The entity then became known as Transnet Heritage Foundation t/a South African Historic Flight.
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In late 2006, it was announced that SAA would be taking the planes back under its wing again. However, this development has apparently fallen through. A small group of independent entrepreneurs have approached Transnet to take over the planes. They announced their intention to operate the planes as an independent business under a new name.
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In order to save and continue to promote the concept of the South African Historic Flight, the name was officially registered in February 2007 as a South African Close Corporation (cc) by Larry Levy. The idea of the web site is to keep the original spirit and concept of The South African Historic Flight alive via this website.
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Please note that this website is not officially associated with South African Airways, 
Transnet or any other company or body. 

South African Historic Flight cc in its new form will very much continue to support 
all Southern African classic air machines.
 

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Contact:
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'For all you African Air Chater enquiries call us 24/7/365"

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South Africa:

Johannesburg  011 083 6432

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International Inquires:  
USA +1 703 822 5964
UK  08000 186 506 (local calls only)
Holland  0800 0221 058 (local calls only)
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Web: www.historicflight.co.za 


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