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1 April 2020
SAAF rescues aviation enthusiasts with virtual airshows
The South African Air Force (SAAF) has come to the rescue of aviation enthusiasts throughout South Africa who, whilst in Covid-19 lockdown, are suffering withdrawal symptoms. Read More...
19 March 2020
SAAF Museum airshow is a coronavirus casualty
This year's SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum airshow is a major casualty – defence-wise – of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More...
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Vlamgat CD
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This multimedia CD contains the following: - Vlamgat .pdf (Acrobat) version - Additional colour photographs - Audio notes by the author ...
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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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SAAF Sabres
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Academy 1/48 F15 IDF
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SAAF rescues aviation enthusiasts with virtual airshows
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Mirage 5F Rose III Pakistan 1/72 High Planes Models
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Trumpeter KV-1 1/72
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