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Discussions with Transnet on future of AFB Durban

Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Simo Wiseman Mbambo, has met with Transnet officials at Air Force Base Durban in order to discuss refurbishing plans for the Base.


SAAF Museum to acquire new helicopter exhibit

As a consequence of an underfunded budget, the SAAF Museum may receive a Denel Oryx medium-transport helicopter as a new static exhibit.


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.


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.


15 Squadron aids in sea rescue

An Oryx from the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) 15 Squadron was called out to the New Constant, an oil tanker 50 nautical miles off the coast of Durban on Sunday to evacuate an ill crew member.


Command Post status for Ex Winter Solstice 2021

When he officially accepted command of the SA Air Force (SAAF) earlier this month (June), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo identified combat readiness as a priority and this will happen without screaming jets, throbbing helicopter rotors and roaring turb


SA Air Force lacks capability as force multiplier for army and navy

The SAAF must be considered in three contexts - its primary role of air defence, strike and interdiction, and its roles as force multiplier for the army and navy.


Air Force finally breaks the silence over 'Gripen crash'

After almost six weeks of waiting, the Zoutpansberger finally managed to elicit a response from the South African Air Force (SAAF) this week regarding an accident at AFB Makhado during which a multi-million-rand Gripen fighter craft was damaged while basi


Combat readiness the main priority for new SAAF Chief Mbambo

Making sure the South African Air Force (SAAF) is combat ready is the main priority for new Chief, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo.


Denel dragging the SAAF down

The sorry state of affairs at Denel is impacting on the ability of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to meet ordered commitments resulting in, to date, a request for "guidance" as regards air force financial authority approving payments to Denel Aeronautics as "air


Mbambo is fifth SAAF Chief since 1994

When he takes up the post of SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief on 1 June, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo becomes the fifth commander of the airborne service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) since its establishment on 27 April 1994.


Port Elizabeth gate guards down

The SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum as the guardian of South Africa's military aviation history is aware of the sorry state of both gate guards at Port Elizabeth Airport, now renamed Dawid Stuurman International.


New SAAF Chief appointed

Maj Gen Wiseman Mbambo has been appointed as Chief of the SAAF and promoted to Lt Gen wef 1 June 2021.


South Africa to acquire ex-RAF Hercules transports

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is finally acquiring a fleet of new (for the SAAF) tactical transport aircraft.


Pilots mourn ex-SAAF colleagues killed in Swartkop air crash

The death of two highly experienced former SA Air Force fighter pilots in a light aircraft crash at Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria on Wednesday has left the country's close-knit aviation fraternity reeling.


SAAF Museum aircraft in fatal crash

South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum aircraft crashed near AFB Swartkop this morning.


SAAF Museum airshow a no-go for the second year running

Lockdown level one does not open the door for the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum to stage its major fundraiser – the annual airshow – and military aviation enthusiasts have to wait and see if the event takes place at all this year.


SAAF A109 involved in rescue of injured paraglider

A South African Air Force (SAAF) A109 Light Utility Helicopter was used to rescue an injured paraglider in the Eastern Cape last week.


Wingtip damaged as airforce plane grazes building

A South African Air Force (SAAF) light transport aircraft damaged its wingtip whilst taxiing at Virginia Airport near Durban this past Saturday, March 6.


22 Squadron fights Western Cape fires

Fire season has arrived in the Western Cape and the SA Air Force (SAAF) via its Air Force Base Ysterplaat–based helicopter squadron is contributing to firefighting efforts.


Lion's share of defence budget goes to salaries

Compensation of employees (CoE) is the largest cost driver in the Department of Defence (DoD), according to the latest Estimates of National Expenditure (ENEs) released as part of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's national budget on Wednesday.


SAAF contributing to Op Ligcolo

Operation Ligcolo (Swazi for tree bark) is the name of the current national defence force humanitarian and law enforcement deployment with the SA Air Force (SAAF) a contributor of note in the northernmost reaches of the country.


SA Air Force transports first bulk batch of vaccines to the Western Cape

On Wednesday 17 February the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) sole Pilatus PC-12, from 41 Squadron at Air Force Base Waterkloof, delivered the first bulk batch of COVID-19 vaccines to the Western Cape at Air Force Base Ysterplaat.


SAAF helicopters to the rescue

Rotary-winged aircraft from SA Air Force (SAAF) squadrons in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal were major components of recent rescue operations.


Joint publication planned to commemorate SAAF 100 and SAAFA 75

The underwhelming efforts of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to mark its centenary appropriately last year – aided and abetted to a large extent by an unforeseen pandemic and national state of disaster – will partially be offset by a SAAF Association (SAAFA) proj

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