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15 March

1917

General Information
C.J.Q. Brand, a South African pilot, serving in the RFC (World War 1), flying a Nieuport, shot-down a German LVG-C (Kill # 02/12) and a Albatros DV (Kill #03/12).

1918

General Information
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘DFWC’, this was his 6th air-to-air kill.

1922

Operations and Statistics
Following the commencement of earlier air operations, it was reported that these operations were completed according to the assigned task in the Benoni and Brakpan area. The air force had flown 172 operational hours, two pilots fatally wounded, two injured and two aircraft irreparably damaged. This heralded the first operational use of the South African Air Force’s assets.

1940

Accidents and Losses
A Hartbees (828) was written-off following a crash. (Unknown)

1941

Sorties
3 Squadron: Twelve Hurricanes conducted a combined Offensive Combat Air Patrol and Airfield Interdiction mission from Dagah Bur, two aircraft were lost during the mission (see below).
51 Flight: Two Air Support missions were flown from Nairobi, to Germiston and Mogadishu respectively.
Accidents and Losses
A Hurricane Mk 1 (280 “W”) was shot-down by hostile surface-to-air fire, pilot rescued by a second Hurricane that landed and ‘picked-up’ the pilot. The aircraft belonged to 3 Squadron.
A second Hurricane Mk 1 (294), was shot down during hostile ground-fire engagement, fatally wounding the pilot.

1942

Accidents and Losses
A Tomahawk (AN321) was written-off (after landing safely) following damage sustained when a Luftwaffe Bf-109 engaged this aircraft belonging to 2 Squadron.

1943

Accidents and Losses
A Maryland (1628/AH318) crashed – the aircraft apparently ‘spun-in’.
A Bristol Blenheim Mk-IV (Z7698) crashed, there were two fatalities as result of the accident.

1944

Accidents and Losses
41 Squadron reported a fatal accident involving a Supermarine Spitfire Mk VC (MA264).

1945

Accidents and Losses
A C-47 Dakota (KG525), crashed when it stalled on take-off.

1969

Accidents and Losses
A Mirage IIIEZ (821) was written-off during an accident, in the Baragwaneth area.

1978

Aircraft Delivery to SAAF
Impala Mk II serial 1050.

1982

Aircraft Delivery to SAAF
Impala Mk II serial 1093.

1983

Deployment and Allocation Updates
The C-47 ‘Dragon’ Dakota deployed to the operational area (Ondangwa). The aircraft was on strength of 44 Squadron and armed with a 20mm cannon.

Sorties
Puma helicopters were also used to insert special force operators in the Chicusse area (Angola).

1991

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 188 at Vredenburg, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1996

General Information
Approval was received to continue/start the Oryx M2 project (Antarctica). The Oryx Mk. 2 contains such a number of differences, that a different model number is used, to distinguish the type. Although, operated and flown by 22 Squadron of the South African Air Force.
These helicopters were specifically built for use by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), as part of SANAP (South African National Antarctic Program).
Two Oryx helicopters were modified for operations in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic, for which they have been painted (for a period) in the red and white colour scheme. Highly effective, de-icing equipment, of up rated specification, was the central requirement of the Mk. 2 program. The project received the go-ahead on 15 March 1996, with Lt Col K. Viljoen as project leader. The project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule and the two helicopters delivered to 22 Squadron, during October 1997. One of the Mk. 2 Oryx helicopters was written off subsequent to a crash landing in July 2004.


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16 March

1918

General Information
Samuel M. Kinkead, a South African, serving in the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #16).
J. Bell, a South African , serving in the and Royal Flying Corps, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #06 & 07).

1930

Accidents and Losses
A Mantis (originally a converted DH.9 serial 104) re-numbered to 157 was written-off due to an accident.

1937

Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland DH.9 (125) was written-off following an accident.

1941

General Information
Major T. Ross took over command of 1 Squadron.

Deployment and Allocation Updates
No 51 Flight was deployed at Nairobi, comprising of 6 Ju-52 (14 Officers and 49 NCO). Three aircraft were also deployed at Khartoum.

1943

Accidents and Losses
A Boston (unidentified) reportedly crashed.

1944

Accidents and Losses
A Harvard Mk IIA (7241) was involved in a fatal accident over a weapons range area, the aircraft apparently stalled.
A B-26 Marauder (FB492) was shot down by hostile anti-aircraft artillery. Four of 12 Squadron’s crew was fatally wounded and two crew were taken Prisoner of War.

1953

Operations and Statistics
2 Squadron “Flying Cheetahs” commenced operations from the airbase at K-55 (Korea).

1965

Accidents and Losses
A Dakota (6824) crashed and was reported written-off.

1971

Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland Vampire FB.9 (237) executed a forced landing, and written-off in the South African Air Force. The aircraft was transferred to the Rhodesian Air Force after the accident.

1978

Aircraft Deliveries
Impala Mk II serial 1051

1979

General Information
The Angolan government claimed to have shot-down six South African aircraft during Operation REKSTOK. The South African Air Force only acknowledged a single loss, that of a Canberra (see 14 March 1979).

1991

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 189 at Vredenburg, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 190 at Mykonos, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

2009

Operations and Statistics
Exercise SHIELD III commenced as part of the preparation training for the Soccer World Cup.


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17 March

1918

General Information
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘Albatros DV’, this was his 7th air-to-air kill.
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘DFWC’, this was his 8th air-to-air kill.
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘Pfalz D III’, this was his 9th air-to-air kill.
J. Bell, a South African , serving in the and Royal Flying Corps, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #08).

1920

Sorties
The ‘Voortrekker’ departed Bulawayo en-route to Pretoria.

1941

Sorties
51 Flight: A Ju-52 flew an Air Support mission from Nairobi to Mogadishu.

1942

Accidents and Losses
An Anson (1176) crashed at George during a night landing – undercarriage failure.

1944

Accidents and Losses
3 Squadron reported the loss of a Supermarine Spitfire (unidentified serial).

1945

Deployment and Allocation Updates
40 Squadron deployed ‘C-Flight’ to El Adem, the flight comprised of two Hurricanes and one Curtiss Tomahawk.

Accidents and Losses
1 Squadron reported the loss of a Supermarine Spitfire (EN201).
A Supermarine Spitfire (MJ588) allocated to 4 Squadron suffered engine failure and crashed – during the return to base route of the operational mission.

1975

Information Note
Delegates from UNITA, RSA Military Intelligence and the Bureau of State Security met in Gaborone (Botswana).

1981

Sorties
During Operation INTERRUPT; four Canberras (12 Squadron) and five Buccaneers (24 Squadron) conducted an interdiction mission from Grootfontein to targets south west of Lubango (Angola).

1990

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 169 at Stellenbosch, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1994

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 272 and 273 at Hoedspruit, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.


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18 March

1918

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E.T. Hayne, a South African pilot, serving in the RNAS (World War 1), flying a Sopwith Camel, shot-down a German Fokker D V (Kill # 03/15) and a DFW-C (Kill # 04/15).

1940

General Information
No 50 (Transport) Squadron was formed at Zwartkop, following the transfer of seven Vickers Valentias from No 70 Squadron (Royal Air Force).

1941

Sorties
51 Flight: A Ju-52 flew an Air Support mission from Nairobi to Mogadishu.

1942

Aircraft Deliveries:
Tiger Moth: (Arrived in Union) 2407 to 2426

1944

Accidents and Losses
A Supermarine Spitfire (JK108), allocated to 3 Squadron, reported an undercarriage problem, and executed a belly-landing.

1945

Sorties
3 Squadron. Ten Spitfires conducted Air-to-Ground sorties on gun emplacements. Three Spitfires flew escort for three C-47s involved with a supply drop. Four Armed Reconnaissance sorties were flown too.

1949

Accidents and Losses
A Harvard (7438), Mk III version, crashed during take-off; apparently it collided with a vehicle.

1950

Accidents and Losses
A Harvard Mk IIA (7046) lost its engine cowling during flight, the aircraft crashed in the Baragwaneth area, both crew sustained fatal injuries.

1974

General Information
A report in the Sunday Times newspaper quoted ‘PW Botha’ (Minister of Defence) as stating that there was only one solution to the long-term war being waged on the borders (he did not mention specific borders) and that was ‘a military solution with highly trained people and weapons!’. This was his standpoint since being appointed as Minister of Defence six years earlier.

1975

General Information
Delegates from UNITA, RSA Military Intelligence and the Bureau of State Security met in Gaborone (Botswana).

1989

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew shows number 157 and 158 at Ysterplaat, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1998

Accidents and Losses
Rick Culpan was fatally injured at Air Force Base Swartkop when the South African Air Force’s Percival Provost crashed at the airfield.

2000

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 355 at Stellenbosh, equipped with PC-7 Mk II Astra aircraft.

2005

Accidents and Losses
An S-316 Alouette III (626), crashed in the Harrismith area. It is presumed to have belonged to 17 Squadron.


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19 March

1940

Aircraft Deliveries
Valentia (Serials: 264 to 268).

1941

Sorties
51 Flight. An Air Support mission was flown using a Ju-52 from Nairobi to Mogadishu.

1943

Accidents and Losses
A Fairy Battle (990) crashed during an attempted forced landing on a beach, after suffering engine failure.

1944

Accidents and Losses
2 Squadron reported the loss of Supermarine Spitfire (MJ196), an Mk IX – it was shot down by ground fire.

1945

Sorties
3 Squadron. 15 Spitfires conducted Air-to-Ground sorties on various targets, e.g. gun emplacements, regimental command posts and troop concentrations. Two aircraft conducted Weather Reconnaissance missions. Four Spitfires conducted Armed Reconnaissance sorties whilst another escort four sorties were flown in support of a B25 conducting supply drops.

Accidents and Losses
A Consolidated Liberator allocated to 31 Squadron, KH-244 ‘Q’, crashed when an in-flight fire caused the crew to abandon the aircraft en-route to their designated target.
7 Squadron reported the loss of a Supermarine Spitfire (MK783) at Ravena.

1970

Aircraft Deliveries
C-160Z Transall: 332

Accidents and Losses
A Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6 (355) crashed following a mid-air collision with another Sabre Mk.6 (370).

1974

Aircraft Deliveries
P-166S Albatross: 896

1988

Accidents and Losses
A 1 Squadron Mirage F-1AZ (223) was lost during an operational mission in Angola, fatally wounding the pilot Maj W van Coppenhagen.

2005

Sorties
A 60 Squadron Boeing B-707 arrived in Sweden to start trails in support of the Gripen Air-to-Air Refuelling qualification program.
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 459 at Simon’s Town, equipped with PC-7 Mk II Astra aircraft.


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Approval was received to continue/start the Oryx M2 project (Antarctica). The Oryx Mk. 2 contains such a number of differences, that a different model number is used, to distinguish the type. Although, operated and flown by 22 Squadron of the South African Air Force.
These helicopters were specifically built for use by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), as part of SANAP (South African National Antarctic Program).
Two Oryx helicopters were modified for operations in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic, for which they have been painted (for a period) in the red and white colour scheme. Highly effective, de-icing equipment, of up rated specification, was the central requirement of the Mk. 2 program. The project received the go-ahead on 15 March 1996, with Lt Col K. Viljoen as project leader. The project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule and the two helicopters delivered to 22 Squadron, during October 1997. One of the Mk. 2 Oryx helicopters was written off subsequent to a crash landing in July 2004.


What was the performance like operating in a very cold environment such as the antarctic? Was there an increase in available power? I'm thinking along the lines of how a turbo-charged petrol performs better in cold climates.

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20 March

1920

Sorties
The ‘Voortrekker’ departed from Bloemfontein to Cape Town, on the last leg of this epic flight. The trip took 45 days to complete, during which 109.5 hours of flying was logged and two aircraft written-off.

1941

Sorties
3 Squadron. Two Hurricanes flew an escort mission frim their home base at Dagah Bur for three Junkers (12 Squadron) during which the squadron successfully shot down an Italian CR-42.

1942

Operations and Statistics
40 Squadron commenced operations in support of 13 Corps, by conducting Tactical and Photo Reconnaissance missions.

1943

Aircraft Deliveries:
Tiger Moth: (Arrived in Union) 2495 to 2500; 4601 and 4602

Operations and Operational Statistics
1 Squadron. One FW-190 destroyed (1st over Western Desert) and two FW-190 probable destroyed, when engaged by 20 Spitfires.

Sorties
1 Squadron. 20 x Spitfires conducted intercept mission against 12 x FW-190 and 12 Me-109/Me-202 aircraft. (Results above).

Accidents and Losses
An Airspeed Oxford (3571) was crashed when it executed a forced landing, due to engine failure.
24 Squadron reported the loss of the following two aircraft: HK-918; Boston; Shot down; two fatalities and two Prisoners of War. HK-981; Boston; Shot down; three fatalities and one Prisoner of War.

1944

A Supermarine Spitfire (MJ185), allocated to 2 Squadron crashed due to engine failure whilst on an operational mission.

1945

Sorties
3 Squadron. Eight Spitfires conducted attacks on a Regimental Command Post and various gun emplacements. Four Spitfires conducted a Maritime Interdiction sortie, attacking a harbour. Four Spitfires performed escort duties for two C-47s (supply drop). A further eight Armed Reconnaissance sorties were flown.

Accidents and Losses
A Bristol Beaufighter Mk X (NV593) crashed during landing – it is reported that the aircraft’s undercarriage failed/collapsed. The aircraft belonged to 16 Squadron. A second aircraft, also belonging to 16 Squadron, NV122 crashed, due to engine failure as well – the two crewmembers unfortunately did not survive the accident.
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (MH556), allocated to 4 Squadron was shot down whilst on an operational mission; it is not known whether it was due to hostile air-to-air or ground-to-air fire.

1951

Accidents and Losses
An F-51 Mustang (315), allocated to 2 Squadron, crashed due to an engine fire, on a hillside SW of Wonju (Korea). The pilot bailed out successfully.
A Supermarine Spitfire (5590) crashed during a heavy landing, at an airfield in South Africa.

1952

Sorties
Lieutenant Enslin, a 2 Squadron pilot flying an F-51D Mustang in Korea, successfully engaged a North Korean MiG-15, which had been reported ‘damaged’ following the intercept effort. It is assumed that during the above engagement a second F-51 Mustang (320), allocated to 2 Squadron, based in Korea crashed after being shot-down by a MiG-15. Reports indicate that eight Mustangs were conducting a Flak Suppression sortie when the latter incident occurred.

1975

Aircraft Delivery
Impala Mk II serial 1009.

1982

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 68 at Kimberly, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1995

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 316 at Cape Town (QE2 visit), equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

2003

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 406 at Simonstown, equipped with PC-7 Mk II Astra aircraft.


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21 March

1918
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Samuel M. Kinkead, a South African, serving in the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #17).
E.T. Hayne, a South African pilot, serving in the RNAS (World War 1), flying a Sopwith Camel, shot-down a German Albatros C. (Kill # 05/15)
L.A. Payne, a South African pilot, serving in the RFC/RAF (World War 1), flying a Bristol fighter, shot-down a German LVG-C (Kill # 07/11).

1929
Accidents and Losses
An Mpala (i.e. a converted de Havilland DH4 serial 201) re-numbered to 153 was written-off following an accident in the Nimule area - no further information is available.
A second Mpala (i.e. converted de Havilland DH9 serial 138) re-numbered to 155 crashed in Salisbury. The aircraft was subsequently rebuilt and re-introduced into active service.

1931
Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland DH-9 (106) was written-off following a possible mid-air collision with an Avro 504K.
A de Havilland DH-9 (150) was written-off following an accident in the Standarton area - no further information.

1941
Sorties
3 Squadron. Reports indicated that three waves of Ju bombers (most likely 12 Sqn) were escorted by Hurricanes from Dagah Bur airfield.
51 Flight. Two Ju-52s flew Air Support missions, 1 x Nairobi to Mogadishu, and 1 x Mogadishu to Nairobi.
Operations and Statistics
1 Squadron intercepted four Italian Air Force CR-42s, the four Hurricanes successfully downed two CR-42s and damaged one.

1942
Accidents and Losses
An unidentified Hurricane was lost due to hostile action; the pilot was taken Prisoner of War.
24 Squadron reported the loss of two aircraft (Boston) during operational missions: Z-2225 was shot-down by enemy aircraft. / No detail regarding second aircraft, also presumed to have been shot-down if it had been part of a formation in which Z-2225 was an element too. (C/L?)

1943
During an operational mission, a 4 Squadron Curtiss Tomahawk (AK832) flew into the sea off Tunisia, the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

1945
Sorties
3 Squadron. 12 Spitfires flew attack sorties against a regimental command post and Petrol/Oil/Lubricants infrastructure. Eight Armed Recces were flown. Four Spitfires also conducted Escort for two C47s involved in supply drops.
Accidents and Losses
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (MA801) was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft artillery. The pilot was captured and held as a Prisoner of War.

1966
Accidents and Losses
An AT-6 Harvard (7685) crashed at Eendrag, both crew sustained fatal injuries.

1975
Accidents and Losses
An S-316 Alouette III (23), crashed in the Windhoek area, there were four fatalities.

1980
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF:
Impala Mk II serial 1069.

1987
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 112 at Stellenbosch, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1992
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 225 & 226 at Bredasdorp, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

2003
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 407 at Lambertsbay, equipped with PC-7 Mk II Astra aircraft.


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22 March

1918
General Information
Samuel M. Kinkead, a South African, serving in the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #18).
J. Bell, a South African , serving in the and Royal Flying Corps, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #09).

1941
General Information
Discussions were underway to decide whether or not No 51 Flt should report to Group 5 (Germiston) or Air HQ East.
Captain Theron, 3 Squadron, awarded a DFC.

1943
Accidents and Losses
A Master (2627) suffered structural failure during aerobatics, the crew survived the accident.

1944
Accidents and Losses
An Anson (4359), crashed after take-off from Oudtshoorn – engine failure was reportedly the cause of the accident.
A De Havilland DH-82 (2420) crashed during a low-level roll, possibly during aerobatic training.

1945
Sorties
3 Squadron. 16 Air-to-Ground sorties were conducted using Spitfires, on targets ranging from Ammunition Dumps to a town. Three aircraft conducted Escort sorties for three C47s on supply drop missions.
General Information
Lt Col Viney, assigned to 30 Squadron (Italy) was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

1958
Sorties
A Shackleton (35 Squadron) conducted the first flight from the RSA to Marion Island.

1977
Aircraft Delivery
Impala Mk II serial 1033 / 1034.

1980
Accidents and Losses
An Impala Mk II (1050), on a cross-border mission into Angola was shot down by hostile ground fire in the area of Ongiva (Southern Angola).

1991
Sorties
Last official 24 Squadron Buccaneer sortie took place.


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1918
Information Note. J. Bell, a South African , serving in the and Royal Flying Corps, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Balloon (Kill Claim #10).
Information Note. J. Bell, a South African , serving in the and Royal Flying Corps, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #11 & 12).

1941
The following sorties were flown:
3 Squadron. Four Hurricanes ferried from Dagah Bur to Jiggiga to perform standby duties and two aircraft performed escort missions.
51 Flight. A Ju-52 arrived at Nairobi from Germiston on an Air Support mission. A second aircraft returned from Mogadishu to Nairobi.

1942
Four Boston were written-off during operational missions:
 AL733; 24 Squadron; four fatalities; Shot Down by Enemy Fighter Aircraft.
 AL800; 24 Squadron; one Prisoner of War; Shot Down by Enemy Aircraft.
 Z2278; 24 Squadron; no further information.
 Z2206; 24 Squadron; Damaged by Enemy Anti-Aircraft Artillery; Crash Landed.

1944
The following aircraft accidents/losses were reported:
A De Havilland DH-82 (2198) crashed, the crew sustained fatal injuries. According to information at hand, the aircraft was later re-registered as ZS-BXT.
A Supermarine Spitfire (serial unknown), allocated to 41 Squadron crashed. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.
An Airspeed Oxford (3378) crashed after take-off from Port Alfred.

1945
The following missions were reported:
3 Squadron. 24 Air-to-Ground sorties were conducted using Spitfires, on targets ranging from Ammunition Dumps to a town. Four aircraft conducted Escort sorties for three C47s on supply drop missions.

The following aircraft accidents/losses were reported:
A Hurricane (5535) crashed at an unknown location in South Africa after take-off.
An Airspeed Oxford (3767) was involved in a fatal accident (two crew) when it got lost during a night flying mission and crew reportedly lost control over the aircraft.

1950
A Supermarine Spitfire (5520) crashed in the Pretoria area.

1965
A Harvard Mk III (7473) is reported to have landed on-top of a DH Moth Minor (1474), three crew members sustained fatal injuries.

1970
Aircraft Deliveries
P-166S Albatross: 887

1973
Aircraft Deliveries
MC-33 Bosbok: 920 to 923

1982
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Impala Mk II serial 1094.

1983
Operation RHUBYN’s strategic planning finalized and presented.


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1935
General Information
The Anson prototype took to the air for the first time.

1941
Sorties
3 Squadron (Jiggaga Airfield). Two Hurricanes flew Combat Air Patrol missions. Two were later scrambled to intercept an S-79 (unsuccessful), and a third aircraft also performed an unsuccessful intercept later the day.
Operations Instruction 172 (SAAF 2 Wing): Two Hurricanes tasked to support (Escort) an upcoming mission to be conducted by three Fairey Battle (11 Squadron).

General Information
4 Squadron was reformed and equipped with Curtis Mohawk and Fury aircraft at Air Force Base Waterkloof.

1943
Accidents/Losses
A de Havilland Tiger Month (2165), crashed.
An Airspeed Oxford (3760), crashed after structural failure in flight approximately 11 nautical miles from Pietersburg, the crew escaped.

1945
The following missions were flown:
3 Squadron. 12 Air-to-Ground sorties were conducted using Spitfires, on targets ranging from Ammunition Dumps to a town. Four aircraft conducted Escort sorties for supply drop missions.

The following aircraft accidents/losses were reported:
30 Squadron reported the loss of a Marauder, one fatality was also reported. (A ?)
A 2 Squadron Spitfire, MJ-308 crashed during an inverted dive.
A Bristol Beaufighter Mk X allocated to 16 Squadron was shot down by hostile ground fire. Aircraft serial: NV-567.
A Vickers Wellington Mk XIII, MP-285, crashed after take-off.

1976
Sorties
Captain Gawie Winterbach became the first pilot to fly a Mirage F1AZ in South African skies! :)

1980
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Impala Mk II serial 1070.

1990
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 170 at Pietersburg, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1993
Information Notes
State President de Klerk acknowledged that South Africa had a nuclear weapons capability, four years after ordering the complete destruction of the capability.
A 28 Squadron C-130B Hercules painted in special anniversary colours, was displayed for the first time: “SAAF Hercs 30”.


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Approval was received to continue/start the Oryx M2 project (Antarctica). The Oryx Mk. 2 contains such a number of differences, that a different model number is used, to distinguish the type. Although, operated and flown by 22 Squadron of the South African Air Force.
These helicopters were specifically built for use by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), as part of SANAP (South African National Antarctic Program).
Two Oryx helicopters were modified for operations in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic, for which they have been painted (for a period) in the red and white colour scheme. Highly effective, de-icing equipment, of up rated specification, was the central requirement of the Mk. 2 program. The project received the go-ahead on 15 March 1996, with Lt Col K. Viljoen as project leader. The project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule and the two helicopters delivered to 22 Squadron, during October 1997. One of the Mk. 2 Oryx helicopters was written off subsequent to a crash landing in July 2004.


What was the performance like operating in a very cold environment such as the antarctic? Was there an increase in available power? I'm thinking along the lines of how a turbo-charged petrol performs better in cold climates.


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1996

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Approval was received to continue/start the Oryx M2 project (Antarctica). The Oryx Mk. 2 contains such a number of differences, that a different model number is used, to distinguish the type. Although, operated and flown by 22 Squadron of the South African Air Force.
These helicopters were specifically built for use by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), as part of SANAP (South African National Antarctic Program).
Two Oryx helicopters were modified for operations in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic, for which they have been painted (for a period) in the red and white colour scheme. Highly effective, de-icing equipment, of up rated specification, was the central requirement of the Mk. 2 program. The project received the go-ahead on 15 March 1996, with Lt Col K. Viljoen as project leader. The project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule and the two helicopters delivered to 22 Squadron, during October 1997. One of the Mk. 2 Oryx helicopters was written off subsequent to a crash landing in July 2004.


What was the performance like operating in a very cold environment such as the antarctic? Was there an increase in available power? I'm thinking along the lines of how a turbo-charged petrol performs better in cold climates.


Anyone?


Well, according to the laws of thermodynamics the engine would technically be running more efficiently so there will be an increase in power from the turbines. How much and whether this increase was really noticeable I cannot say. :roll:

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1931
General Information
The Fury prototype flew for the first time.

1941
Sorties
3 Squadron. Three Hurricanes conducted an escort mission in support of 12 Squadron. An unsuccessful scramble to intercept hostile aircraft was performed by three Hurricanes from Jigaga.
Accidents and Losses
A Fairy Battle (923), crashed.

1942
Accidents and Losses
An Airspeed Oxford (3564) crashed in the Brooklyn area during a test flight, the elevator apparently detached; the pilot did not survive the accident.

1943
Operations and Statistics:
1 Squadron claimed the following: 1 x Me210, 2 x Me202, 2 x Me109 destroyed; and 1 x Me109 damaged.
Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland DH-82 (2165) crashed in the vicinity of Benoni.

1944
Accidents and Losses
A 1 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII (JG316) crashed – it lost control during bad weather.

1945
Sorties
3 Squadron. 20 Spitfire Air-to-Ground sorties were performed against a Regimental Command Post and POL infrastructure.
Accidents and Losses
A Baltimore was reported to have crashed, one crew member sustained fatal injuries.
A 34 Squadron, Consolidated B-24 Liberator (EJ204), was shot down whilst striking railway infrastructure, all nine crew were fatally wounded.

1949
Accidents and Losses
A Supermarine Spitfire (5528) crashed in the Nigel area during landing.

1961
Accidents and Losses
A Harvard Mk IIIA (7460), crashed during low-level aerobatics, the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

1966
Accidents and Losses
A T-6G Harvard (7724) crashed during a low-level training mission, the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

1980
Accidents and Losses
An Atlas AM3C Bosbok (923) crashed in the Potchefstroom area. The crew Lt’s PF Smit and EJ le Roux were fatally injured.
Operations and Statistics
Buccaneer (421) participated in OP SANITARY, the first firing of the Navy’s Scorpion Surface to Surface Missile.

1982
Operations and Statistics
During Operation REKSTOK III; 1 Squadron deployed nine Mirage F-1AZs to Air Force Base Ondangwa, from their home base Hoedspruit. The deployment was in support of three Canberra (12 Squadron) and two Mirage IIIRZ (2 Squadron ‘Recce Flight’) tasked to conduct photo-reconnaissance missions over hostile territory. The F-1AZ’s primary task for this deployment was ‘fighter escort’.
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Impala Mk II serial 1095.

1983
Operations and Statistics
A mini—Helicopter Administration Area was established at the Evale airfield (Angola) to enable air support operations to take place, supporting a 32 Battalion operation. Fuel was flown in to the airfield, using 28 Squadron’s assets (most likely C-130).

1988
Operations and Statistics
The last four Mirage F1AZs, 1 Squadron that were deployed in the 1987/88 campaign in South Eastern Angola returned to their home base, Hoedspruit. 1 Squadron flew at total of 683 operational sorties in 144 strikes in a period of 191 days. Two aircraft and pilots Majors Ed Every and Willie van Copenhagen, did not return to South Africa.
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 142 at Durban, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft; this was at the re-commissioning parade held for 5 Squadron, Air Force Base Louis Trichardt, which was equipped with Cheetah E aircraft.

2003
General Information
No 4 Air Servicing Unit, laid-up the unit Colours after 63 years of service.

2012
Operations and Statistics
Exercise Good Hope concluded a combined RSA/German military exercise conducted on a biannual basis.


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Buccaneer (421) participated in OP SANITARY, the first firing of the Navy’s Scorpion Surface to Surface Missile.

In my book Tumult in the Clouds, Dave Knoesen describes formatting on the missile (at 30 meters above sea level!) with the video camera being operated by Charles Wroth in the back seat, then pulled up to be at a safe distance when it impacted with the old destroyer ship.

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