Wings over Langebaanweg
[b53]Wings over Langebaanweg
Stories from a South African Air Force Base 1946-1993
Compiled by Andrew Embleton with Maj Gen Des Barker (SAAF Ret)
This book is the third in a trilogy of books about aspects of flying training in the SAAF. The earlier books are FACTA NOSTRA VIVENT and GOING AROUND AGAIN by the same author. Langebaanweg has a long and important history as a SAAF air base. This book with its many pages of colour photographs is a modest attempt to record a small piece of history. It is not an official record but a scrapbook of memories.
A short history of Langebaanweg Air Force Base, flying the Spitfire, the Vampire and the Impala MB 326M. Other contributors include memories of retired AFB Langebaanweg Commanding Officers, the secret training of Rhodesian pilots and over 100interesting, amusing and personal stories and reminiscences from people who remember times and events from the post-war Spitfire days in the nineteen fifties through to the departure of the Impalas in 1993. There are tables of accidents (courtesy historian Steve Mclean) and a full history of the SAAF Vampire (courtesy Geoff Timms and The De Havilland Society). A detailed paper (in Afrikaans by Sophia de Preez also details the early base history (courtesy Military Society).
342 pages with colour photos.