Air Force should donate planes to Aviation Museum

A few of Zimbabwe’s early examples of military aircraft long withdrawn from service are gathered at the National Aviation Museum in Gweru - forming a small but unique collection of mementoes of our aviation history. The museum serves to collect, restore and preserve Zimbabwe’s aviation history thus affording ordinary citizens - who would otherwise never get the opportunity to get close to an aircraft - the chance to view real aircraft on the ground.

The inimitable Aloutte-III helicopter, one of the aircraft conspicuously absent from the Aviation Museum in Gweru.
The inimitable Aloutte-III helicopter, one of the aircraft conspicuously absent from the Aviation Museum in Gweru.

The aircraft currently on display at the museum are: a De Havilland Vampire FB-9 and its trainer version the T-11; the English Electric Canberra B-2; the Hunting Percival Provost Mk-2; the Harvard trainer Mk-24A; the World War 2 vintage super marine Spitfire F-22; the Hawker Hunter FGA-9 and an ex-Air Zimbabwe Vickers Viscount.

The Air Force of Zimbabwe still has in its custody a number of aircraft that it is no longer flying because they either have been retired or damaged. An AB-205 ‘Cheetah’ helicopter; a Dakota DC-3 troop carrier, the inimitable Aloutte III helicopter, a Riems Cessna-337G ‘Lynx’ and a Hawk-60 that the air force no longer needs have been stripped of all essential parts, parked in the open and exposed to the elements. Such aircraft just cannot be left to rot, they need to be preserved.

May I appeal to the Air Force of Zimbabwe to donate and relocate one of each of the mentioned aircraft-and its related ordinance – to the Aviation Museum where they will be restored and put on display. The same should be done with any other aircraft they shall retire in future. These war birds served long and well and rightly deserve a places at the museum.

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