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Map of SAAF Bases

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Main entrance to AFB Makhado.

Air Force Base Makhado

"Castrum Borealis" (Fortress of the North)
Status: Current
Co-ordinates: Lat: 23? 09' 3   Long: 029? 41'
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The SAAF most northern air base, situated near the border with Zimbabwe, it is also it's most modern. It is situated 20km from the foot of the Soutpansberg Mountains in the Limpopo province.

The base, known as the "Fortress of the North" was officially opened on 14 October 1987 as AFB Louis Trichardt, but changed it's name to match that of the changed name of the nearby town on 7 November 2003.


Squadrons at this base:
102 Squadron, 2 Squadron, 3 Air Servicing Unit, 515 Squadron, 85 Combat Flying School

Aircraft at this base:
Gripen C, Gripen D, Hawk Mk 120

Other Bases:
AFB Swartkop (now AF MDW), AFB Ysterplaat Detached (Cape Town IAP), Air Force Base Bloemspruit, Air Force Base Durban, Air Force Base Hoedspruit, Air Force Base Langebaanweg, Air Force Base Overberg, Air Force Base Pietersburg, Air Force Base Waterkloof, Air Force Base Ysterplaat, Air Force Mobile Deployment Wing, Air Force Station Port Elizabeth, Air Force Station Thaba Tshwane, N/A, Other, SAAF Gymnasium, TEK Base