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22 February 2018
Defence allocation from National Treasury for 2018/19 down on previous year
The budget unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday showed again that defence is one of the poor relations in the government family. In real terms the amount of money allocated to the Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) has Read More...
8 February 2018
No maintenance contracts for several SAAF aircraft types
Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veterans minister, Kobus Marais, received unexpected extra insight into the number of serviceable aircraft types in the SA Air Force (SAAF) when he posed a Parliamentary question on air Read More...
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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.
Armed Forces Day, Kimberley 21 Feb 18
Thu 22nd Feb 2018, 16:10 pm
By: andypatsalides | Forum: The SAAF!

Defence Budget 2018/19
Wed 21st Feb 2018, 14:36 pm
By: Roger the Dodger | Forum: Army and land defence

History of SAAF flying gear?
Wed 21st Feb 2018, 11:00 am
By: Dean | Forum: The SAAF!

Wanted: 1/72 Revell F4U-1A Corsair canopy
Tue 20th Feb 2018, 09:05 am
By: JimmyZ | Forum: Items for Sale / Wanted / Swop

PLAN taskforce stops by the Cape
Mon 19th Feb 2018, 15:07 pm
By: Dean | Forum: Navy and maritime

SA Air Force Incentives
Sun 18th Feb 2018, 22:13 pm
By: william9621 | Forum: The SAAF!

SA Weapon Integration with SU27 Flanker series aircraft
Sun 18th Feb 2018, 17:03 pm
By: mdeva | Forum: The SAAF!

Re: No 1 Squadron WW2
Sun 18th Feb 2018, 10:48 am
By: Dean | Forum: The SAAF!

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