Just wondering if anyone has some info on Johannesburg's long gone Palmietfontein International Airport.
It was south of the city centre, in the township of Tokoza.
Some info has been found...
Also the Bradshaw's 1953 guide shows the BOAC Comets arriving at the then newly opened Jan Smuts Airport (now known as O.R. Tambo International), but most flights (SAA, Qantas, and BOAC's Constellations) still arrived and departed from Palmietfontein.
It had two runways, one long one, and a shorter cross one on the diagonal, and they were later used as a motor racing circuit for the 1956 Rand Grand Prix, totalling about 3.8 miles between them.
I am not sure if the airport was actually sealed or not! Air Safety Net has an accident detailed suggesting a landing aircraft sank deep into the stones - yet Constellations used it, so perhaps the primary runway was sealed, and the other one wasn't.
I can only speculate why it was closed so early - perhaps not long enough runways, given that Johannesburg's elevation is around 1700m, and bad approaches, and/or weak runways. Whatever it was, money was found to replace it pretty quickly, given the deprivations of the early post-war period.
Also - does anyone know what the name translates as? I only know a little Afrikaans, so while fontein is fountain, Palmiet beats me... perhaps it's someone's name.