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Air Force Museum flying day full of surprises Special

Pretoria - It might have been any first Saturday of the month at the South African Air Force Museum at Swartkop Air Force Base, Pretoria, but it turned out to be a special day with a one-of-a-kind aircraft making its debut and a surprise helicopter ride.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 4 comments

All S.African Air Force fighters now delivered: Photo essay Special

Pretoria - The Deputy Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Major General Jerry Malinga says all 26 SAAB Gripen C and D fighters have been delivered to the Air Force.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 3 comments

Photo Essay: South African Air Force impresses with power Special

Pietersburg - The South African Air Force (SAAF) gave an impressive spectacle of raw power during its Air Capability Demonstration earlier this week. The event was for invited VIPs and selected media, and Digital Journal was there.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

'Siyandiza! 'We are flying' at SA Air Force Museum Special

Pretoria - The aircraft of the South African Air Force Museum had their outing at the country’s oldest military airfield, Swartkop in Pretoria, during the monthly “Flying Day” which allows pilots to keep current and gives youth a chance to see aircraft.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 5 comments

South African Air Force honours its fallen in war and peace Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force remembered its dead of two world wars and subsequent conflicts as well as others who in peacetime.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 5 comments

Classic plane surprises at South African Air Force Flying Day Special

Pretoria - A former Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) P-51D Mustang fighter surprised onlookers at the first South African Air Force (SAAF) Flying Day of 2011 at the Swartkop Museum by an unexpected visit from nearby Lanseria Airport, near Johannesburg.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 6 comments

High tech, World Cup lessons help push crime down in S.Africa Special

Pretoria - New figures show the South African Police Services (SAPS) are slowly turning the tide on major crimes in South Africa, but much of their success has to do with high-tech equipment and inter-departmental cooperation.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

2010 a year of anniversaries for the South African Air Force Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF) turns 90 this year and its air show 90 Years on Golden Wings celebrated this event. Digital Journal spoke to SAAF spokesman Colonel Bill de Pinho and asked what it meant to have such a long heritage as an air force.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 4 comments

South African air show mourns experienced skydiver

Durban - A highly-experienced parachutist of the South African Air Force (SAAF’s) elite Golden Eagles Parachute Team has been killed while preparing for the Virginia Air Show in Durban.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

S. African General Smuts founded two air forces Special

Pretoria - The 90-year anniversary of the Silver Queen flight is also the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the South African Air Force (SAAF). I spoke to a descendant of SAAF founder, General Jan Smuts.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

SA Air Force Passenger Pulls Wrong Lever, Ejects During Flight

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has established a Board of Inquiry for an unusual accident last week in which a civilian passenger accidentally ejected from a two-seat trainer during tight manoeuvres.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

Classic Aircraft Feature in South African News

A 60 year-old paratroop transport and a top-notch fighter were in the news here this week, one retired and the other prepared for a new lease on life.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments
 

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A 35 Squadron Turbo Dak on maritime patrol.
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A 35 Squadron Turbo Dak on maritime patrol.
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Two Hawk fighter trainers of the SAAF come in low over SAS Mendi.
Two Hawk fighter trainers of the SAAF come in low over SAS Mendi.
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SAAF Hawk 120 fighter trainer zooms past mountains at False Bay during the Navy capability demonstra...
SAAF Hawk 120 fighter trainer zooms past mountains at False Bay during the Navy capability demonstration exercise.
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Three famous trainers  the T-6 Harvard  also known as the Texan.
Three famous trainers, the T-6 Harvard, also known as the Texan.
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The animals are chased away from the firing range using a  Bambi Bucket .
The animals are chased away from the firing range using a "Bambi Bucket".
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The Colour Party marches during the Air Force Day Parade.
The Colour Party marches during the Air Force Day Parade.
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A member of the SAAF Golden Eagles Parachute Team at Swartkop in 2005  trailing the SAAF flag.
A member of the SAAF Golden Eagles Parachute Team at Swartkop in 2005, trailing the SAAF flag.
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Chief of the South Africa Air Force  Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano  laid the first wreath
Chief of the South Africa Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano, laid the first wreath
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Brigadier General Les Lombard  Head of Airspace Security during the World Cup.
Brigadier General Les Lombard, Head of Airspace Security during the World Cup.
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Two SAAF Oryx helicopters show the flag.
Two SAAF Oryx helicopters show the flag.
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SAAF Pilatus PC 7 Mk II trainer showing its moves.
SAAF Pilatus PC 7 Mk II trainer showing its moves.
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A soldier uses the fast rope technique to leave this SAAF Oryx helicopter.
A soldier uses the fast rope technique to leave this SAAF Oryx helicopter.
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The Gripen C single seat fighter-ground attack-reconnaissance multirole aircraft of the SAAF.
The Gripen C single seat fighter-ground attack-reconnaissance multirole aircraft of the SAAF.
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A Gripen of SAAF s 2 Squadron.
A Gripen of SAAF's 2 Squadron.
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The SAAF Roll of Honour contains some 3 000 names of airmen lost since 1914.
The SAAF Roll of Honour contains some 3,000 names of airmen lost since 1914.
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Lieutenant General Denis Earp  Korean War veteran and former Air Force commander. .
Lieutenant General Denis Earp, Korean War veteran and former Air Force commander. .
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Workhorse of the SAAF  the Denel Oryx  an Puma upgraded to Super Puma standard locally.
Workhorse of the SAAF, the Denel Oryx, an Puma upgraded to Super Puma standard locally.
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The three historic helicopters of the General Flight  called that because the pilots are generals!
The three historic helicopters of the General Flight, called that because the pilots are generals!
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Gripen C flypast. Note the  reheat   or afterburner is on.
Gripen C flypast. Note the "reheat", or afterburner is on.
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The Gripen C single-seat multi-role fighter  ground attack and reconnaissance aircraft.
The Gripen C single-seat multi-role fighter, ground attack and reconnaissance aircraft.
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