Grand Central Airport

New Road
South Africa

(011) 805-3166  /   011 315 0194

New Road, Midrand, South Africa
Situated in the heart of Midrand on some 40ha, Grand Central Airport was born early in the year 1937. Mr Harry Shires, the man behind the scenes of African Flying Services, South Africa's largest private air transport concern at that time, bought land as a speculative deal. He gave permission for a few enthusiastic flyers to form a flying club. Until 1939 there was much activity at the small Aerodrome where Muriel Shires became South Africa's youngest flying pupil, whose instructor was none other than Miss Doreen Hooper, the country's first woman flying instructor. When the war came, Grand Central's activities were curtailed, but very soon afterwards enthusiasm flared anew. Mr Eddie McConnell, manager of African Flying Services, in which company the ownership of the club was vested, helped to set the wheels in motion once again. However, in 1951 African Flying Services were forced to come to the decision that they could not see their way clear to continue with the flying ...
Category: Airports



Midrand, Greater Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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