Zimbabwe Military Museum

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Key Facts

Location: Gweru
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Country: Zimbabwe
Date Opened: ?
Aircraft Exhibits: 11

What’s Here

The Zimbabwe Military Museum has its beginings in a number of historic aircraft stored at Thornhill Air Base. These aircraft were eventually moved to the premises of the School of Defence and a museum opened here in January 1974. Various displays portray the history of the Army, Air Force and Police. In addition to the aircraft, visitors can view aero engines, uniforms and equipment associated with Zimbabwe’s military history. A special display honours the efforts of the Rhodesian Air Training Group during World War Two.


In Gweru on the south eastern side of the Civic Centre.

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Opening Hours:

Every day 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.


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List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
SR26 DH.82A Tiger Moth SR26 Complete Displayed
RRAF112 DH.100 Vampire FB.9 RRAF112 Complete Displayed
1380 DH.100 Vampire FB.52 1380 Complete Displayed
‘4220’ DH.115 Vampire T.11 2406 Complete Displayed
R2504 English Electric Canberra B.2 R2504 Complete Displayed
1188 Hawker Hunter FGA.9 1188 Complete Displayed
Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea Complete Displayed
SR48 North American Harvard IIA SR48 Complete Displayed
3614 Percival Provost T.52 3614 Complete Displayed
PK355 Supermarine Spitfire F.22 PK355 Complete Displayed
Z-YNA Vickers Viscount Z-YNA Complete Displayed

More Information

Zimbabwe Military Museum, Lobengula Avenue, P.O. Box 1300, Gweru. Tel: 0154 2816.

Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

9 thoughts on “Zimbabwe Military Museum

  1. I have written on the history of the Rhodesian Air Force Operations with Air Strike Log – – please see PeySoft Publishing, http://www.pey.co.za
    I have personally flown Provost R3614, Vampire T11 4220, Canberra R2504 and Hawker Hunter R1188. In fact, I had my name on the Hunter whilst being the Flight Commander on the Squadron in 1970.
    I have also honoured all the airmen who were killed in service to the country, and am presently engaged in logging all combatants albeit friend or foe.

  2. I visited the museum in September 2011 . Buy a ticket at the main entrance ( 10 U.S.$ – but cheaper if you are from Zim ). The aircraft themselves are located in large hanger some 400yds from the entrance . Unlike most museums , the hanger contains only the aircraft – no gear or other displays and there is plenty of space between them for taking photos .There is a charge per photo of 0.5 U.S.$. The staff are polite and helpfull . Worth a visit

  3. In 1994, just across the road from the Museum lived my dear friend and mentor from RhAF days: the late Sqn Ldr DBG Miles, MBE. He donated a ‘Flying Flea’ to the Museum; it was hanging outside in all weathers. He wanted it back and applied to no avail.
    I have written a lot in the RhAF Veteran’s website about the Museum, in particular Canberra 2504.
    Of interest also: From 1967-72, I worked for a Gwelo architect, Geoff Beswetherick. At the Museum there was a reconstructed WWII barrack block from RAF Guinea Fowl. Geoff had lived in this block when he trained there as a pilot during the early 1950s; he supervised the rebuilding of the barrack block at the Museum.

  4. In 2002 I was visiting Zimbabwe, and was in a van been driven between Harare and Bulawayo. On the outskirts of a town we passed an apparently disused airbase in which I counted quickly 4 Vampires or similar and 5 bubble cock pitted 5 blade propeller Spitfires parked behind a hangar in long grass (and several other aircraft – small transports). Anybody come across this or know what/where it is? Absolutely positive they were spitfires! (or seafires from what I can tell from looking them up)!

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