The South African Airways Museum is located at the Transvaal Aviation Club at Rand Airport in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg city centre. The museum was founded in 1986 with to preserve the history of South African Airways (SAA) as well as that of aviation in general in South Africa.
The small museum building is filled with all kinds of aviation-related memorabilia from days gone by such as old flight manuals, model airplanes, historical photographs and mannequins dressed in SAA flight attendant and crew uniforms from various periods in history.
Outside on the tarmac is the museum’s collection of retired aircraft including two Boeing 747s, a Douglas DC-4 109, and a De Havilland DH 104 Dove. The most famous plane is SAA’s retired Boeing 747-244B, also known as Lebombo. This massive passenger jet famously flew over the Ellis Park Stadium before the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. Lebombo’s passenger section is open to the public and museum visitors can test out the first-class seat that Nelson Mandela himself once travelled in. Visitors can also visit the B747 flight simulator next to the plane.
There is a gift shop on site where visitors can buy memorabilia and souvenirs.
Open Wed-Sun 09:00-15:00.