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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.

 

Air Force on thin ice, experts say

According to pilots and technicians in the Air Force, these accidents should be a wake-up call to those making decisions for the military\'s budget.

 

SAAF names plane crash dead

The three SA Air Force members killed when their Cessna Caravan crashed in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, were named by the SA National Defence Force on Wednesday.

 

Air force crash mystery

By Graeme HoskenA routine air force training flight turned into a disaster yesterday morning when the aircraft crashed into an Mpumalanga mountain, killing its two crew and a passenger.The Cessna Caravan C208 from 41 Squadron, which is based at Wate...

 

Three kiled, two injured in Caravan crash

Three people died when a Cessna aircraft crashed inear Lydenburg this morning.

 

Strong Air Force presence at Air Capability Demonstration

The SAAF held its first Air Capability Demonstration (ACD) of the year at the Roodewal weapons range this week.

 

SAAF praised after spectacular rescue

The SA Air Force carried out a complicated rescue mission on Sunday in the Magaliesberg mountains after a man was hurt jumping into a pool.

 

Latest DRC troop rotation again highlights SAAF airlift problems

The lack of airlift capacity in the SA Air Force (SAAF) is widely acknowledged. What apparently is not being as widely acknowledged is the need for proper planning on charters to ensure soldiers and the logistics needed for them to properly do the...

 

Airforce recognises those who serve

In a month during which the airforce recalls the memory of thousands of its members who gave their lives in service for their country in times of war and in times of peace, those still serving are also recognised.

 

SA Air Force remembers fallen airmen

As South Africa commemorates 20 years of democracy, the South African Air Force (SAAF) has held a moving tribute to those who died in service to their country.

 

Lack of airlift capacity leaves SA soldiers in the lurch

Months of intensive and at times brutal, training, are on hold for 5 SA Infantry Battalion as soldiers kick their heels at the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) mobilisation centre in Bloemfontein awaiting transport to the DRC. The 850 soldier...

 

SA soldiers stranded - emergency meetings in Pretoria

South African soldiers of the UN Force Intervention Brigade in the DRC spent a miserable night at Entebbe Airport after the arrangements for their transport flight was bungled.

 

SAAF’s Flying Cheetahs to stay airborne

The SAAF recently signed a steady state support contract for Saab Grintek Defence to maintain its 26 Gripen aircraft.

 

Ysterplaat Honours the Fallen

AFB Ysterplaat held its annual Air Force Memorial Service in which the airforce recalls the memory of thousands of its members who gave their lives in service for their country.

 

SAAF Museum Air Show showcases old and new

From the moment the swarm of motorized gliders took flight in the clear blue skies above Swartkop Air Force Base outside Pretoria, one of Africa’s largest air shows was assured of success.

 

Air Force doing its bit for border protection and counter-piracy

The resource-stressed SAAF is still, to paraphrase Deputy Chief Major General Jerry Malinga, undertaking and completing the tasks assigned it.

 

First SAAF URTP candidate officers

A welcome boost to SAAF Chief Lt Gen Zakes Msimang’s stated intent of bringing the Air Force Reserve back to life has comes via the Reserve Force’s University Reserve Training Programme (URTP).

 

Unique Bosbok flying at SAAF Museum

Warbird enthusiasts were treated to the maiden flight of a restored Bosbok battlefield reconnaissance aircraft at the SAAF Museum\'s April flying day this weekend.

 

Hawks "subjected to a precautionary stop-fly"

By Kim HelfrichA landing incident involving a Hawk jet trainer at AFB Makhado late last month did not lead to the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) entire Hawk fleet being grounded. “The fleet was subjected to a precautionary stop-fly in accord...

 

Airforce to acquire Russian seaplanes

The SAAF is putting the finishing touches to an urgent operational acquisition plan that will see Russian-built amphibious seaplanes used for maritime patrol.

 

Hawk fleet grounded after accident

The SAAF has ground their Hawk trainer fleet following the crash of a jet whilst landing last Thursday.

 

Hawk training jet damaged in landing accident

A SAAF Hawk training jet was badly damaged in a landing incident on Thursday.

 

Black Widow will join other warbirds at SAAF Museum

Arguably South Africa’s best known warbird – the distinctive black and gold Mirage IIICZ – is no longer airworthy.

 

Silver Falcons’ new spinner unveiled at Navy Festival

The Silver Falcons really turned it on for the thousands of people who attended the Navy Festival in Simon’s Town this past weekend.

 
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