Become part of the Crew : Apply as a Volunteer
While 24 SQN Buccaneers NPC may be overseeing this project, we work at the pleasure of the SAAF on this project, and we have to abide by their rules and accommodate their requests. Hangar 12 is located in the operational area of AFB Swartkop so not only do we function as part of the Museum, but also under the auspices of the base commanding officer.
In order to achieve all of this, to become a member of the 421 Restoration team, also requires each person to also become a member of the Friends of the South African Air Force Museum (FSAAFM) or ‘Friends’ as they are affectionately called. This is the vehicle that provides us with the necessary permits and special access to the operational area. Only the 421 Buccaneer crew get this special access, the ordinary FSAAFM members are only permitted to visit the museum area.
It is a very important concession that we are given, but it does also require us to not only serve on the 421 Restoration project, but also to assist the Friends in general with their various events and activities. It is by no means a cumbersome duty, if anything it opens up a whole new world of aviation history to enjoy and to get involved in other projects as well.
The Application Process
Firstly, you must please complete the online form hereunder to join the 421 Restoration Project Crew. There is no cost involved, only a request for a reasonable commitment to the project and helping us to achieve our objectives of preserving the history and legacy of SAAF Buccaneers.
Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email with all the information that is required to join the Friends and how to specifically get the 421 Hangar 12 access in the operational area. There is a small fee involved which covers their admin and the production of the ID card for the 2022 year.
Without this specific Friends membership, you will not be able to be part of the 421 Restoration team.