Photographs of aircraft and items of interest relating to the old Baragwanath airfield.
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© The Johannesburg Light Plane Club
Syferfontein Airfield, South Africa
Item in the South African Architectural Record October 1937.
The special feature of the Baragwanath Clubhouse was the Californian Redwood Shingles.
The clubhouse of the Johannesburg Light Plane Club at Baragwanath Airfield, 6 January 1936.
LIGHT PLANE CLUB'S NEW QUARTERS
The plans have now been passed for the new club house for the Johannesburg Aeronautical Association at Baragwanath at an early date. In addition to the offices of the association, the club house will include a large lounge, a lecture room, map room and offices for the club captain and pilots. The architects are Messrs. Kallenbach, Kennedy and Furner. 1934.
FURTHER READING AND ITEMS OF INTEREST
1933/09/26. Crash at Baragwanath of de Havilland DH.84 Dragon, ZS-AEF, c/n 6026 after it stalled on takeoff during a
steep turn. Pilot William John Charles Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick and passenger Sir Michael Oppenheimer were killed.
The aircraft was owned by Aircraft Operating Company which was established by William in 1931. He had a contract for
a 20,000-square-mile (52,000 km2) air route survey in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).
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1938. Jackie Moggridge (nee Dolores Theresa Sorour) learns to fly at Baragwanath. She was the first woman in South
Africa to do a parachute jump. Jackie was to become one of the top lady pilots of the Air Transport Auxilllary (ATA). She
was awarded RAF wings in 1953.
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BLIND FLYING: A TROPHY FOR PILOTS (1933)
A delicately-worked silver trophy - a replica to exact scale of a metal Gipsy Moth aeroplane - has been presented to the Johannesburg Light Aeroplane Club by Mr. Stanley Thomas Edward People in order to encourage pilots to study the art of "blind flying". The trophy is to be competed for in open competition every year, and will be awarded to the pilot making the best performance for the year in completing a triangular course under "blind flying" conditions.
A line up of de Havilland Puss Moths and Gipsy Moths in front of the original Baragwanath Airfield facilities. The photo was taken in either late 1930 or before 5 May 1931 as DH.80A Puss Moth ZS-ACC, far left, crashed on 5 May 1931 killing Lt-Cdr Glen Kidston and Capt Thomas A (Tony) Gladstone. DH.80A Puss Moths from left to right are: ZS-ACC, ZS-ACF, ZS-ACG, ZS-ACA and ZS-ACH.
The Puss Moths from left to right are: ZS-ACH, ZS-ACA, ZS-ACG, ZS-ACF and ZS-ACC.
Baragwanath Airfield. The aircraft in the foreground is ZS-ABA, DH.60G Moth (Gipsy I) c/n 842 ex G-UABA Regd (CofR 27) 1.1.29 to MCG Meyer. Regd (.30) to Johannesburg Light Plane Club Ltd; named "Maryland". Crashed Baragwanath 27.12.30.