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Silver Falcons 50th anniversary getting ever closer

Silver Falcon number one, Commandant (Colonel) Chris Prins, is no longer alive and sadly, cannot be part of the SA Air Force (SAAF) aerobatic team’s 50th anniversary at AFB Langebaanweg on November 24.

 

Final Western Cape medal parade of 2017 held

The third and final Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) medal parade held in the Western Cape during 2017 took place at the Naval Base Simon’s Town Martello Sports Grounds on Friday September 29, 2017.

 

Passing out parade at 68 Air School

What is now termed an “artisan reclassification passing out parade” is today seeing the ranks of the SA Air Force’s technical staff boosted by 50.

 

SAAF salutes its heroes at annual memorial

The South African Air Force and the Air Force Association have paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the annual memorial service on Bays Hill at Valhalla outside Pretoria.

 

Ysterplaat honours the fallen

AFB Ysterplaat held its annual Air Force Memorial Service on 5 May at which the Airforce Base not only recalled those serving members who lost their lives during the previous year, but the memory of thousands of SAAF members who made the ultimate sacrific

 

Transformation amongst highlights of 28 Squadron

The qualifying of the first black female C-130 Hercules commander is one of the transformation highlights emphasised by the SAAF regarding 28 Squadron.

 

Women rule at AFB Zwartkop

A change of command parade at AFB Zwartkop means the SA Air Force’s oldest base now has a woman officer commanding for the first time with another woman taking charge of the base’s lone operational squadron.

 

SAAF sending members to military academy in the United States

The South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 of its members to the United States every year to train at the military academy there.

 

Makhado pilot celebrates his 1 000 hour milestone

One of AFB Makhado’s fighter pilots recently celebrated a special milestone in his career.

 

SAAF holds Prestige Day ceremony

The South African Air Force (SAAF) hosted its Prestige Day parade at Air Force Base Waterkloof today, during which Air Force Base Bloemspruit was named the most prestigious unit in the SAAF.

 

Mcetywa new General Officer Commanding SAAF’s Air Command

Major General Octavia Mcetywa has taken over from Major General Wiseman Mbambo as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Air Command.

 

Another step taken in reactivation of SAAF Reserve squadrons

Efforts to reactivate and resuscitate the role of squadrons in the Air Force Reserve Service (AFRS) gained impetus during a special Air Force Reserve Force Squadron workshop.

 

Wings for nine new SAAF pilots at Langebaanweg

This week the SA Air Force (SAAF) welcomed nine newly minted first lieutenants to the ranks of its aircrew.

 

Appointments and promotions of SAAF Generals

The Department of Defence has announced the following appointments and promotions of SAAF officers with effect from 1 January 2017 (or as indicated).

 

Mashaba takes reins as 2 squadron commander

A new era dawned at AFB Makhado on 7 October, with Lieutenant Colonel Josias Mashaba taking over the reins as new officer commanding of 2 Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Musa “Midnite” Mbhokota.

 

SA Department of Defence spending 55% of its budget on personnel

The Department of Defence is spending 55% of its budget on personnel, with R24 billion out of R45 billion rand of its 2015/16 budget going to salaries for 77 000 people.

 

SA pilots training in Russia – Political push for greater co-operation

Five South African Air Force (SAAF) officers are undergoing pilot training in Russia and more could soon be on their way as the two countries step up defence ties.

 

SA Air Force maintenance suffering from loss of skilled technicians

The aircraft maintenance capabilities of the SAAF, including that of the presidential Boeing Business Jet, have decreased dramatically since the last of the AMG/Denel support personnel were laid off, resulting in serious implications for aircraft servicea

 

Air Force must close a squadron

The Air Force will soon be forced to either close their Hawk or Gripen fighter squadron due to a curtailment of the air force budget and the weakening rand.

 

New boss for SAAF Museum

The new man in charge of the SAAF\'s military aviation history via its three museums is Lieutenant Colonel Thor Fredericks.

 

Despite underfunding, SAAF is coping, Msimang says at Prestige Day Parade

Lieutenant General Fabian Msimang, chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), has warned of the dire consequences of underfunding, but maintains that the Air Force is able to fulfil its mandate in spite of considerable challenges.

 

General Barends take reigns at AFB Makhado

AFB Makhado came under new leadership on Friday, 22 January, with Brigadier General André Barends taking over the reins as new officer commanding of the base.

 

New Bosses for Langebaanweg and Makhado, plus other promotions

The South African Department of Defence (DoD) has released details of appointments and promotions for the 2015/2016 financial year.

 

Cuba now teaching flying and air traffic control to SA Air Force members

Cuban/South African military co-operation has ratcheted up another notch since the start of this month with 24 SAAF members now undergoing extended training in various aviation-related disciplines in the island republic.

 

Beleaguered SAAF apparently reaching out to SAA for assistance

The point has apparently been reached where the SA Air Force is aware it cannot fulfil its defence obligations and the airborne arm of the SANDF has turned to pilots flying for the national carrier, SAA, for assistance.

 
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