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Welcome to the Spitfire Restoration Project. Spitfire 5518 arrived in South Africa in 1947 and served in the Cape and at Air Force Base Waterkloof before being decommissioned. She then served as a gate guard at Waterkloof for a number of years. In the early 1990s the South African Air Force Museum motivated the restoration of an iconic Spitfire to flying condition to serve as the star attraction at Air Force Air Shows to promote the Air Force and aviation among the youth. 5518 took to the skies in 1994 as 5553 “The Spirit of Reutech”. Unfortunately she crashed at an air show at Swartkop in 2000 and was consigned to a container.
To preserve the honour, history and legacy of those South Africans who gave their lives in the fight against tyranny in WWII, by restoring Spitfire 5518 as a symbol and tribute to this hard fight for freedom.
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One can say the Bosman’s aviation career was framed by two aircraft crashes. Both with large loss of life.READ MORE
I firmly believe that had Caesar Hull served throughout the war he would be spoken of in the same breath as South African leaders in the RAF such as Malan and Hugo. After Caesar’s death John wrote: “For two days I have been thinking of Caesar. I loved him as I would a brother. He […]READ MORE
INTRODUCTION Roger Bushell was born in South Africa on 30th November 1910. His father, a mining engineer, had immigrated to the country from England and he used his wealth to ensure that Roger received a first-class education. He was first schooled in Johannesburg but was later moved to Wellington, in England, and in 1929 he […]READ MORE