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Written by Capt L. Steyn,
Research Officer, SAAF Museum

Working at Swartkop Airfield has definite benefits.  This is not only because the base is the oldest and most historic in the SAAF, or the best looking, or because it boasts some of the most unique aircraft and equally special people, but because it now features a first-class cafeteria called “THE WINDSOCK”.  


The cafeteria, which is located at the Air Force Museum, previously known as THE LOADSTAR, is under new management and opened its revamped doors to the public and hungry inhabitants of Swartkop during April 2010. 

Under the creative guidance of new owners Willem and Annalize Punt, the little place has been transformed into a stylish establishment that complements the historic surroundings of the Air Force Museum.  What better than to take in the sights and sounds of aircraft across the runway while enjoying a scrumptious meal and your favourite refreshment on the stoep.  The food is well prepared, the portions plentiful, with lots of variety on the menu each day.  The service is friendly and, to top it all, THE WINDSOCK serves free filter coffee with each order! 

Adjacent to the cafeteria a museum shop has been opened to cater for the many museum visitors that always ask for souvenirs such as squadron badges and patches, magazines, models and books.


The cafeteria and museum shop are open during regular museum visiting hours weekdays and on Saturdays and can be contacted at 012 351 2103.

THE WINDSOCK is the place to meet!

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