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article imageSouth African Air Force exhibit recalls exploits of Korean War Special

By Christopher Szabo     Jun 16, 2010 in World
Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum has opened an exhibit to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, to which the country sent a squadron of fighter aircraft.
Digital Journal visited the exhibit, which consisted of memorabilia of 2 Squadron, known as “The Flying Cheetahs” which flew as part of the 18th US Fighter Bomber Wing from June 1950 onwards.
The South Africans distinguished themselves in the war and won a US Presidential Citation in 1952, which says, in part:
Pilots and men of the squadron received a total of 797 medals including 2 Silver Stars - the highest award to non-American nationals - 3 Legions of Merit, 55 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 40 Bronze Stars.
2 Squadron s motto on the side of the Sabre fighter   Sursam Prorusque  (Upward and Onward).
2 Squadron's motto on the side of the Sabre fighter, "Sursam Prorusque" (Upward and Onward).
The Museum, which forms part of Swartkop Air Force Base near Pretoria, is working on restoring a former 2 Squadron Canadair-built CL-13B Sabre Mark 6, one of 34 which were delivered in 1956.
The SAAF Museum s Canadair-built F86F Sabre jet fighter.
The SAAF Museum's Canadair-built F86F Sabre jet fighter.
The aircraft can be seen in one of the hangars, itself a piece of history, part of the so-called “Imperial Gift” of 1920, which set up the SAAF.
The exhibit showcases the South African  US  UN and South Korean flags.
The exhibit showcases the South African, US, UN and South Korean flags.
The Sabre has been exhibited before but is not currently airworthy. The SAAF Museum hopes to have it flying in time for the major air show celebrating the SAAF’s 90th anniversary on August 14.
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