Within the confines of the Johannesburg Light Plane Club clubhouse is a small Museum with a fascinating collection of photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from the bygone days of aviation at the original Baragwanath airfield as well as from the new.

The Club is constantly on the outlook for memorabilia and will be most grateful for contributions and donations. Please Contact us should you wish to make a donation of any historic aviation memorabilia relating to JLPC and Baragwanath.
Old Clear Nitrate Dope can
Display cabinet
Warren Percy Memorial Trophy
Painting of de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth c/n 1147 ZS-ABM by Alan Hindle circa 1960

Further examples of Alan's paintings of aircraft can be seen on the page dedicated to his works of art.
Club's collection of Solo Mugs

Commemorative mugs of "first solo flights”
A SpaceWalker radio controlled model plane on loan from Dr. Frank Bonfils-Persson
The walls of the Clubhouse are adorned with photographs and memorabilia.
The tail is from Otto Thaning's Beechcraft Staggerwing, ZS-BBC. Perhaps the best example of mixing business and pleasure was Otto Thaning and his two Beechcraft 17L aircraft (later known as Staggerwings) both registered as ZS-BBC. Thaning, a Danish gentleman who came to South Africa as the representative of a Swiss-German company that sold equipment to the mines, decided that flying would give him the edge over his competitors, by allowing him to travel at speed to prospective clients. He learnt to fly at Baragwanath, first owned a de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth, also registered ZS-BBC, this being the acronym for the company he represented. The Staggerwing was raced by Thaning in two Governor-General's Cup Air Races. Thaning also used the aircraft to undertake a “Round the Union” flight on 30 December 1935 in which he flew Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg in 18 hours. Both Staggerwings were white with red markings, the same colours as the Danish flag.
Otto Thaning and one of his Beechcraft Staggerwings, ZS-BBC
Framed and hanging in the Clubhouse is a copy of High Flight written, in 1941, by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gillespie_Magee,_Jr.
Date Inscription Aircraft Registration
Presented to The Officer’s Mess No. 1 Air School by Lt. A. J. Fergusson
1917-07 Canary “Rod” Rod Douglas. July 1917 D.H.6. Egypt DH.6
1917-07 Canary “Tommy” C. R. Thompson July 1917 Maurice Farman (Rumpety) England Maurice Farman
1933-05-06 D. D. Longmore 6-5-33 G-AASM DH.60M Moth G-AASM
1934-04-17 Canary “Harry” G. H. Cotton 17-4-34 Gipsy Moth ZS-ABH Baragwanath DH.60G Gipsy Moth ZS-ABH
1937-05-10 N. J. Pretorius 10 5 37 ZS-AHK DH.60G III Moth Major ZS-AHK
1937-05-13 D. R. Judd 13-5-1937 ZS-AKE DH.82A Tiger Moth ZS-AKE
1937-05-18 R. A. Von Maltitz 13 5 37 ZS-AHK DH.60G III Moth Major ZS-AHK
1939-05-03 H. D. Reid 3-5-39 ZS-AJA DH.82A Tiger Moth ZS-AJA
1939-05-04 L. E. Leon 4-5-39 ZS-AKE DH.82A Tiger Moth ZS-AKE
Propeller Clock - on loan from Don Lucas
Display of air show programmes from June 1968, July 1969 and August 1972, aircraft models and Cape Town to Goodwood picture.
Competition Trophies, Flour Bombing and Balloon Buster - on loan from Courtney and Patrick Watson
Cape Town to Goodwood - on loan from Courtney Watson
de Havilland Canada Beaver - on loan from Andrew Robinson
de Havilland Super Chipmunk - on loan from Andrew Robinson
Zlin 326 - permanent display
Klemm KL25 - on loan from Andrew Robinson
Kellett Autogiro - on loan from Andrew Robinson
Super Pitts - on loan from Andrew Robinson
© The Johannesburg Light Plane Club
JLPC Baragwanath
Syferfontein Airfield, South Africa


Painting by unknown artist of Avro 504K
Avro 504K H2583 South African Aerial Transport Company with Allister Miller and Cecil Robert Thompson.
Two other Avro 504K aircraft, H2584 and H2591 were operated by the company.