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Role: Disbanded
Status: Disbanded
Based at: N/A
Aircraft:

86 Multi-Engine Flying School

"Docemus Volatum" (We Teach Flying)
About this Squadron

After the end of WW II, multi-engine conversion training in the SAAF was initially conducted at the units operating multi-engine aircraft.
In early 1950 it was reported that a conversion course onto Dakota and Ventura-type aircraft was conducted at CFS. Multi-engine conversion was later conducted by 44 Squadron. The training was done at AFS Swartkop and AFS Ysterplaat. At the end of 1967 it was decided to centralize the training at AFS Swartkop in order to maintain an equal standard in multi-engine conversion. As a result a Multi-engine Conversion Flight was established as part of 44 Squadron at AFS Swartkop.

The Multi-engine Conversion Flight, 44 Sqn was redesignated Multi Engine Conversion Unit (MECU) on 1st February 1968 at AFB Swartkop. In July 1968 the unit was relocated to AFB Bloemspruit in order to escape the dense air traffic in the Pretoria area. The first conversion course at AFB Bloemspruit was commenced in September 1968. Because of the proximity of Tempe, the unit became involved in the training of instructors in paratrooping techniques. The unit was redesignated 86 Advanced Flying School on 1st January 1973, before finally being called 86 Mult-Engined Flying School (86 MEFS) in the mid-1980's.

In 1995, Casa 212 and Casa 235 aircraft were transferred from the TBVC-state air wings. After the phasing out of the Dakota C47-TP and the addition of the CASA's 86 MEFS started functioning as a regular transport squadron.

86 MEFS was to cease operations on 31st December 1997 when the squadron was absorbed by 44 Squadron at Waterkloof.



Other Squadrons based at N/A:
1 Squadron, 10 Squadron, 103 Squadron, 109 Squadron, 11 Squadron, 112 Commando Squadron / 1 SWA Squadron, 114 Commando Squadron, 12 Squadron, 120 Squadron, 24 Squadron, 25 Squadron, 26 Squadron, 27 Squadron, 3 Squadron, 30 Squadron, 31 Squadron, 4 Squadron, 40 Squadron, 42 Squadron, 5 Squadron, 6 Squadron, 7 Squadron, 8 Squadron, 84 Light Aircraft Flying School, 88 Maritime Operational Training School, 89 Combat Flying School

Other Disbanded Squadrons:
1 Squadron, 103 Squadron, 109 Squadron, 11 Squadron, 112 Commando Squadron / 1 SWA Squadron, 114 Commando Squadron, 12 Squadron, 120 Squadron, 24 Squadron, 25 Squadron, 26 Squadron, 27 Squadron, 3 Squadron, 30 Squadron, 31 Squadron, 4 Air Servicing Unit, 4 Squadron, 40 Squadron, 42 Squadron, 5 Squadron, 6 Squadron, 7 Air Servicing Unit, 7 Squadron, 8 Squadron, 84 Light Aircraft Flying School, 88 Maritime Operational Training School, 89 Combat Flying School