On November 15, 1919, a special edition of “The Star” was flown from Baragwanath to Durban by Major Alister Miller in a World War I Avro 504 biplane. Shortly afterwards Baragwanath became home to the first ever aerial transportation company in South Africa.
The Johannesburg Light Plane Club (JLPC) was formed in 1927, making it one of the oldest active flying clubs in the world.
You can find a much more detailed history of Baragwanath in the following articles.
The fascinating history of Baragwanath Airfield
After so many months of problems, crises, difficulties and no airfield, Saturday 23rd October dawned clear and bright for JLPC.
Pictures from the 1970s
Baragwanath hosted many airshows in the 1960’s
Memories from the 1950’s
Private flying was suspended in the war years, with activity only resuming from 8 June 1946. Not long after that the Air Pageant returned to Baragwanath.
Pictures from the 1930’s including the new clubhouse.
Jackie Moggridge learnt to fly at Baragwanath. She was the first woman in South Africa to do a parachute jump.
A tragic crash takes the lives of William John Charles Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick and passenger Sir Michael Oppenheimer
Images from the roaring twenties.
Pat Judson was the first Rhodesian born airman. He went solo at Baragwanath on 27 August 1929.
The story of Richard Reid “Dick” Bentley
Images from the beginning of Baragwanath’s history
Cecil Robert “Tommy” Thompson was a founder member of the Johannesburg Light Plane Club at Baragwanath.