Museum and Clubhouse

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.


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.

The tail from Otto Thaning’s Beechcraft Staggerwing: ZS-BBC

Commemorative Mugs

Commemorative mugs of first solo flights
(unknown)Presented to The Officer’s Mess No. 1 Air School by Lt. A. J. Fergusson
1917-07Canary “Rod” Rod Douglas. July 1917 D.H.6. EgyptDH.6
1917-07Canary “Tommy” C. R. Thompson July 1917 Maurice Farman (Rumpety) EnglandMaurice Farman
1933-05-06D. D. Longmore 6-5-33 G-AASMDH.60M MothG-AASM
1934-04-17Canary “Harry” G. H. Cotton 17-4-34 Gipsy Moth ZS-ABH BaragwanathDH.60G Gipsy MothZS-ABH
1937-05-10N. J. Pretorius 10 5 37 ZS-AHKDH.60G III Moth MajorZS-AHK
1937-05-13D. R. Judd 13-5-1937 ZS-AKEDH.82A Tiger MothZS-AKE
1937-05-18R. A. Von Maltitz 13 5 37 ZS-AHKDH.60G III Moth MajorZS-AHK
1939-05-03H. D. Reid 3-5-39 ZS-AJADH.82A Tiger MothZS-AJA
1939-05-04L. E. Leon 4-5-39 ZS-AKEDH.82A Tiger MothZS-AKE

Model Aircraft

A number of model aircraft can be found hanging from the roof of the clubhouse.