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19 August 2021
Reduced availability of aircraft negatively affecting SAAF flying hours
Constrained funding is affecting the ability of the South African Air Force (SAAF) to provide enough serviceable aircraft, which is negatively affecting flying hours. Read More...
17 August 2021
15 Sqn move to King Shaka still holding
15 Squadron of the SAAF and its Agusta A109 and Oryx medium transport helicopters will remain the sole aviation occupants of the former Durban International Airport for at least the next five years. Read More...
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Ysterplaat Airshow 2003 (DVD)
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Ysterplaat Airshow 2003 DVD The Ysterplaat airshow are renowned for featuring air displays by classic aircraft such as the Shackleton, Lightnings,...
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SA Airshow 2007
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South Africa Airshow 2007 By Frans Dely and Hayley Horan This book contains short biographies and photographs of some of South Africa's greatest...
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Welcome to my privately run, unofficial website on the South African Air Force. It is maintained by myself during my (limited) spare time so please read the Terms of Use. I hope you enjoy the experience and visit again soon. All suggestions are welcome, as are old uniforms, squadron badges, patches, memorabilia, books, etc. - Dean Wingrin
Tumult in the Clouds
New SAAF book launched!

A new book on the personal history of the SAAF has been launched. Titled "Tumult in the Clouds - Stories from the South African Air Force, 1920 - 2010", the book has been compiled by Dean Wingrin who personally interviewed and corresponded with nearly all the contributors.

The South African Air Force (SAAF), formed on 1 February 1920, is the second oldest air force in the Commonwealth. The air arm played a major role in securing victory for the Allies during the Second World War, in the 1948/49 Berlin Airlift, and in Korea in the 1950s. The SAAF assisted Rhodesia in the 1960s and ’70s, made a major contribution to the ‘Border’ or ‘Bush’ war in South West Africa and Angola, participated in the transition to a new democracy in South Africa and continuously supports South African peace missions in Africa. It has also assisted in countless relief and rescue missions in southern Africa throughout this entire period.

However, the SAAF is not just about aircraft and ordnance; it is made up of people and it is in this compilation that these people, airmen and ground crew alike, find their voice. These are their stories, all told in the first person by the actual participants as unvarnished, unabbreviated and intensely immediate and personal recollections.

Through their stories of heroism, duty, adventure and tragedy, the reader will follow the history of the SAAF prior to 1939 to the present day.

To complement the stories, the final chapter includes a collection of squadron pub songs from the Second World War, Korea and the Border War.

The highly successful formal launch took place at the SAAF Museum Flying Training Day, Zwartkop airfield, on Saturday 2 February 2013. Lt Gen Denis Earp, who wrote the Foreword, was guest of honour, together with Maj Gen Tsoku Khumalo and Lt Col Mike O'Conner.

Purchase your copy now fromThe Airforce Shop and other fine bookshops.
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British MoD Equipment Sale
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Russian Ilyushin Il-112 prototype destroyed in crash
Wed 18th Aug 2021, 16:24 pm
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Unofficial SAAF Website looking for PHP devs!
Wed 11th Aug 2021, 15:06 pm
By: Dean | Forum: General Chatter

RAF Boeing E-3D 'Sentry' retirement
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1/48 LET 13 Blanik
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Revell 1/72 S-100 class boat
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