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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.

 

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.

 

AFB Ysterplaat fire section helps stop Table Mountain blaze

Cape Town's SA Air Force (SAAF) base at Ysterplaat put in extra effort at the weekend as fire hit Table Mountain with a team from the base's fire section putting down more than 30 000 litres of water in a nine hour period.

 

Crash-landed SAAF C-130 remains on edge of Goma runway

The C-130BZ Hercules transport aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF) that crash-landed at Goma airport in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in January remains on the edge of the runway nearly three months after the incident.

 

SA pilots and aircraft continue to dominate DRC airspace

South African air support for the FIB comes in the form of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, three Oryx transport helicopters and three Rooivalk attack helicopters.

 

Gate guards are part of military aviation history and tradition

The deployment of gate guards in the form of aircraft no longer in service is a time-honoured tradition in air forces around the world and the SA Air Force (SAAF) is no different.

 

SAAF Heli Systems is worthy Sword of Peace recipient

This year's recipient of the Sword of Peace, the highest operational award in the SA Air Force (SAAF), is the Directorate: Helicopter Systems.

 

When the past collides with the present

The SAAF is generally accepted as having been formed on 1 February 1920. But celebrating the centenary of its founding is under intense debate. Not the actual date of formation, but whether something

 

South Africa lacking in maritime search and rescue capabilities

South Africa is one of six signatories to a multilateral agreement to improve maritime search and rescue operations in Southern African waters.

 

SAAF on show during Prestige Day 2020

The South African Air Force (SAAF) hosted its annual Prestige Day celebrations today in the form of a Ceremonial Wing Review Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop, which witnessed several dozen active and retired aircraft take part in the larger than usual fl

 

Forensic investigation into crashed C-130BZ underway

A forensics team arrived in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week to start the laborious task of investigating a damaged SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules for clues to the reason for its runway excursion earlier this month.

 

SAAF Oryx used to rescue man who fell off KZN cliff

A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was used to rescue an injured man who fell down a 100 metre cliff near Pietermartizburg.

 

Update: SAAF C-130BZ Hercules crash lands in DRC

A C-130BZ Hercules transport aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF) crash landed at Goma airport in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday.

 

SAAF helps NSRI evacuate injured ship's crew

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has used two of its helicopters to assist the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) to medically evacuate five injured crewmembers from a ship sailing off the coast of Durban.

 

SAAF Hercules crashes on landing at Goma, DRC

A SAAF C-130BZ Hercules has crashed on landing at Goma International Airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this afternoon.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

As we await 2020 and the challenges it brings, I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas (or a happy Chanukah), a great year-end break, a safe holiday and a prosperous New Year. Kind regards Dean Wingrin

 

Passing Out Parade held for Ulundi Aviation Awareness graduates

Proud learners of the South African Air Force's (SAAF) Aviation Awareness Programme Summer Camp in the Ulundi area held a Passing Out Parade on Friday 13 December 2019.

 

Newly minted SAAF pilots get their wings

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has 12 new pilots in its ranks, after a Wings Parade at Air Force Base Langebaanweg in the Western Cape last week.

 

17 Squadron to the rescue

AFB Zwartkop-based 17 Squadron took to the air on Monday for a pair of rescue missions on opposite sides of the Tshwane Metro.

 

SAAF could come to "a grinding stop" – Mapisa-Nqakula

Yet another underwhelming reply to a Parliamentary question raises further doubt about the ability of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to remain a force, with concern that it may become "a dismal air wing".

 

SAAF Hostile Fire Indicator successfully demonstrated

A successful demonstration of the Armscor-sourced hostile fire indicator (HOSFIN) capability is rated as one of the 2018/19 financial year's highlights by the State-owned defence and security acquisition agency.

 

Retracting mechanism coming for Rooivalk chin gun

Work is underway on a retracting mechanism for the Rooivalk attack helicopter's chin mounted 20 mm cannon as part of efforts to make the weapon more reliable.

 

No new SAAF aircraft acquisition until budget changes

New aircraft will only be acquired for the South African Air Force (SAAF) when budget allocations from National Treasury change.

 

No SAAF air capability demo this year

Officers on this year's Security and Defence Studies Programme (SDSP) will not see the SA Air Force (SAAF) in action at what has been an annual showcase of its abilities.

 

Parliament hears of parlous state of the Air Force

The South African Air Force is in dire straits and operating in survival mode. With less than 49% of the required budget funded, it is in a state of perpetual decline due to chronic underfunding and industry performance.

 
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