The Friends are a voluntary non-profit organisation run by civilians dedicated to the preservation and display of the history and aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF). The Friends are primarily concerned with providing the Museum with support in three areas including fund-raising, maintenance and restoration work. The friends of the SAAF museum are divided into three branches with one located at the Cape Town branch of the SAAF museum at Ysterplaat, the second at Swartkop Air Force Base in Centurion and the third in Port Elizabeth.The Cape Town branch was officially formed in 1984.Membership of the Friends is open to all and although we provide support to the SAAF Museum, we do not receive any funds from the SAAF or the government. Members who wish to work on aircraft or undertake tasks may join various work parties doing restoration and refurbishment. Others can help man the Museum shop or undertake research.