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Chile acquires ex-SAAF Cheetahs

A South African Air Force (SAAF) spokesperson recently confirmed that five Cheetah E strike fighters were recently sold to the Chilean government. After the type was retired from SAAF service with 5 Squadron in 1992, the 14 surviving Cheetah Es (of 1...

 

SAAF looking to dispose of ex-USN C-130F Hercules

It has been confirmed that the SAAF are actively looking to disposs of the three ex-USN C-130F Hercules aircraft that are presently stored at AFB Waterkloof.Spotter news group...

 

SAAF aircraft for sale

Armscor have the following for sale:Quantity 2 Boeing 707’s cargo configurationQuantity 18 Mirage F1 AircraftQuantity 12 Cheetah AircraftQuantity 10 Oryx HelicoptersQuantity 9 Impala MK1 (MB326) Dual (sic)Quantity 3 Impala MK1 (MB326) SingleCan...

 

Spotty the Cheetah retires

2 Squadron's flagship, Spotty no. 342, was laid to rest on Friday 21 June 2002 at AFB Swartkop. The aircraft was flown by the officer commanding and will probably be on display sometime. Rather emotional when she flew low over the squadron for th...

 

New buyer for Mirage F1AZ fleet?

The defence minister of a Francophone African country is this week visiting South Africa to discuss the acquisition of the latter's retired Mirage F1AZ fleet. The aircraft can be updated with Russian technology (missiles and engines). An example ...

 

New plans for Ysterplaat

SAAF BULLETIN19 April 2002: No 10/2002BULLETIN: PROGRESS WITH REGARD TO CLOSURE OF AFB YSTERPLAATSAAF Bulletin 1/2002 dated 15 February 2002 contained the details concerning the migration of AFB Ysterplaat to Air Force Station Cape Town at Cape Town ...

 

Tooth Rock range leased to abalone company

An 111-hectare piece of government owned land, formerly known as the Tooth Rock weapons range near Saldanha in the Western Cape, has been leased to a company for the development of an abalone farm. The property would be leased for a period of 10 year...

 

AFB Ysterplaat rethink

Ysterplaat air base, until recently earmarked for closure has been given a new lease on life.The air force base is to be used in the short term for President Thabo Mbeki's flights instead of Cape Town International. And if plans go according to s...

 

Mirage F1's sold?

A SAAF official stated on November 8: "We appear to have found a buyer for the Mirage F1AZs."Twenty-one F1AZs had been put up for sale, toegether with all the related support equipment, following their official retirement from SAAF 1 Squadr...

 

Mirage III AWOL!

If anyine knows the current whereabouts of Mirage IIICZ 808, please tell me!She was last seen outside a Casino near Nelspruit....

 

Museum sells two Mirage III's

Mirage IIIBZ  818 and Mirage IIICZ 809 are to be sold and will be based at Pietersburg (with the Super Sabre)....

 

SAAF to retire Cheetah C's

It would appear that the SAAF is about to retire 20 Cheetah C's....

 

Ysterplaat migration plans revealed

I have finaly been allowed to disclose the preliminary migration plans from AFB Ysterplaat to AFS Cape Town.In terms of the plan, the migration must be completed by 31 March 2002. As a result of the migration, both CFS Langebaanweg and AFB Ysterplaat...

 

Government property custodian starts selling redundant military bases

The Department of Public Works has held a one-day conference for property developers, investors and financiers interested in buying and developing redundant state property, including a number of military bases. They included, in the Western Cape, for...

 

Official SAAF statement re: AFB Ysterplaat

Sorry about the delay, but the pressures of (paying) work has kept me too busy, but herewith the official SAAF statement:'SAAF BULLETIN   2 March 2001: No 05/2001   SAAF Short-Term Plan - AFB Ysterplaat   The South African Air Forc...

 

AFB Ysterplaat to close!

It was announced today that the SAAF is scaling down operations at AFB Ysterplaat with immediate effect and that they would vacate the base by March 2002.As the deed of lease states that the property must remain an airfield, there is the possibility ...

 

Transall sale hits controvosy

Top Armscor officials are likely to meet in Pretoria this morning to discuss reports of about R2 billion damages suit against the state armaments agency. This follows reports yesterday that two disgruntled US businessmen had given a local attorney a ...

 

Further Transall details revealed

 It has been reaveled that Heli-Lift Ltd of the UK was awarded a tender on 10 November 2000 for marketing and sales distribution rights for eight aircraft, together with spares and other related equipment. The contract is worth R170 million (&po...

 

17 Military bases for sale

Seventeen SA National Defence Force bases will be put on the market from January, Public Works Minister Stella Sigcau has announced in Parliament. The disused bases, worth a few million rand, should attract private buyers because many border urban ar...

 

Transall on/off sale off again!

The Afrikaans daily, Beeld, reports the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) has placed the sale of eight ex-SAAF C160 Transall transports on hold for reasons not altogether clear. The paper said the disposal service of Armscor (the D...

 

Which bases are closing?

I can now reveal which airforce base is due to close which I first alluded to on 17 April this year!AFB Ysterplaat may cease to be a AFB from early 2001. It is still to be decided whether keep it open as a civil airport for light aircraft or to devel...

 

Transall's sold

Armscor's Stock Sales Division recently sold eight of the SAAF's retired C160 Transall transports to an unidentified foreign buyer. The aircraft have been parked on a hard stand at AFB Waterkloof since around 1995. Several plans were formulat...

 

Alouette III to be withdrawn

The Alouette III utility helicopters may be withdrawn from service towards the end of the year, although the Agusta A109M will only be delivered in a few years time. ...

 

Purchase your Impala Mk I or Alouette III now!

It would appear that South Africa's arms control body, the National Conventional Arms Control Committee has granted Armscor permission to sell the Impala Mk2 trainer as well as the Alouette light utility helicopter to interested enthusiasts indiv...

 

SAAF Alouettes for Swaziland

South Africa has donated three ex-SAAF Alouette III helicopters to Swaziland....

 
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