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SAAF at 95 falls short of 1998 Defence Review’s equipment recommendations

By Kim HelfrichLast Friday the SA Air Force (SAAF) officially marked its 95th anniversary as part of the annual Air Force Day parade with a flypast of mostly Air Force Museum aircraft taking centre stage due to limited funding and aircraft availab...


SAAF commissions officers and celebrates Air Force Day

The SAAF this morning held a joint Air Force Day and candidate officers commission parade at AFB Waterkloof as the SAAF celebrates 95 years of existence.


SANDF tasks a third helicopter for Mozambique flood aid

The South African military deployment to the flood-ravaged areas of Mozambique has been boosted by another helicopter.


Air Force Day parade

Friday, January 30, is Air Force Day and the South African Air Force (SAAF) will use AFB Waterkloof in Centurion to mark the start of its 95 years of existence, making it one of the world’s oldest independent air forces.


End of year message

As 2014 draws to a close, it is that customary time to reflect on events past and wonder just where the time went and what has been achieved.


SAAF wins bid to train Omani pilots

The SAAF has won a bid to train pilots for the Royal Airforce of Oman at its\' Central Flying School in the Western Cape.


SAAF gains nine new pilots

The SAAF is nine pilots better off, as well as having an additional five navigators, six flight engineers and a loadmaster.


Airforce’s Agusta LUH grounded, again?

It is rumoured that all flying activities of the SAAF\'s fleet of Agusta A109 helicopters have ceased and, in effect, the fleet is subject to yet another grounding.


Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

By Guy Martin he South African Air Force saw a significant increase in operational demands and external commitments in the last financial year, including its first fighter and helicopter operational deployments since democracy, but flew 5 000...


New leader for the Silver Falcons

The official aerobatic display team of the South African Air Force has a new team leader with the appointment of Maj Werner Vermaak.


Retired SAAF general back to add value to military heritage

Retired SAAF Major General “Lucky” Ngema is back in uniform, as a Reserve Force officer, tasked with bringing the air force museum into line regarding the pre-integration history of the non-statutory forces.


C-130BZ still the SAAF transport workhorse

The backbone of the SAAF\'s airlift fleet – 28 Squadron and its ageing C-130BZs – have again been on the receiving end of government approval and thanks.


New VIP jet and SAAF airlift not on our agenda - Armscor

Acting Armscor chief executive Sipho Mkwanazi has told MPs that plans to acquire a VIP jet have not been handed to the State’s defence and security acquisition agency.


SAAF Museums open once again!

The SAAF Museum at Zwartkop and the two satellite branches at Cape Town and Port Elizabeth will once again be open to members of the public as of Thursday 9 October.


South Africa could get back into the A400M hangar

Continuing tough economic conditions could well open the door for the SAAF to acquire much-needed airlift capacity in the not-too-distant future.


Air Force chief apologises for Museum closure

SAAF Chief Lt Gen Zakes Msimang and the Air Force Command Council have apologised for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the SAAF Museum headquarters and one of its satellites.


SAAF Museums closed until further notice

In a move that has shocked both SAAF Museum staff and aviation enthusiasts alike, the SAAF Museum has issued a notice saying that all three popular aviation museum will be closed until further notice.


Attempted theft behind SAAF Museum closure

Two factors are behind the current temporary closure of the SAAF Museum at AFB Zwartkop as well as its satellites at Air Force Bases Port Elizabeth and Ysterplaat.


SAAF selects C295 for transport and maritime roles?

Despite no official announcement having been made, AirForces Daily reports that the SAAF has selected the Airbus C295 to satisfy its present requirement for both a light transport and maritime patrol aircraft.


Airforce air capability demo impresses

The SAAF impressed foreign military dignitaries at Tuesday’s Air Capability Demonstration (ACD) with an impressive display of firepower and synchronised manoeuvring.


Saab’s Impi effectively tracking blue forces

The locally developed Impi tactical modem is fast gaining acceptance within the SANDF, already in use by the SAAF.


Oryx upgrade to be completed in 2016

The long-delayed upgrade of the Denel Aviation Oryx avionics and navigation system will only be completed in early 2016, four years later than originally planned.


Zuma forced to wait for flight, like the rest of us

Next time you find yourself stranded due to flight delays/cancelations, remember this: even presidents get stranded at the airport on the odd occasion.


Exercise Winter Solstice to test SAAF readiness

Starting on Saturday the SAAF will stand up and be counted for operational and combat readiness when Exercise Winter Solstice IV starts.


Helicopter rescue operation to evacuate patient off ship

22 Squadon and the NSRI evacuate a crewmen from a ship 50 nautical miles off-shore.

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