SAAF Museum Shackleton 1721 shining bright
and photographs by J.P. van Vuuren
Avro Shackleton MK3 number 1721 at the SA Air Force Museum
at Swartkop recently had a “face-lift” when three dedicated
men embarked on her revamp that started on 9 October 2006.
Over a four week period Sgt Wayne Alexander, Mr Jan van den
Broek (Aero Manpower Group) and Mr Mike Burger (Aero
Manpower Group) completed the arduous task of preparing and
re-painting the complete Shackleton aircraft. Sgt Alexander
and Mr Van Den Broek did the initial preparation and paint
work and Mr Burger completed the aircraft with signage and
decals. Approximately 17 litres of white paint, 15 litres of
Dark Sea Grey paint, 30 litres of Pru Blue paint and more
than 100 litres of thinners were used to complete the task.
This extraordinary effort by the three dedicated men from 1
Air Servicing Unit (1ASU) is highly commendable. With this
in mind the Museum also appreciates the efforts of Brig Gen
Karel Ehmke (DTSS) who intervened during this year and who
was instrumental in speeding up the process to complete the
Shackleton in 2006. Thanks and appreciation also goes to the
support given by the Officer Commanding and Personnel of 1
The SA Air Force Museum is extremely proud to present a
shining bright Shackleton on display and similar touch-up
and re-paint projects will be done in the immediate future
in order to enhance the overall display of museum aircraft.
Congratulations on a job well done!