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
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!