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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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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This Mirage III fighter is the only one in the world still flying.
This Mirage III fighter is the only one in the world still flying.
SAAF Gripen C of 2 Squadron.
SAAF Gripen C of 2 Squadron.
SAAF Pilatus PC 7 Mk II trainer showing its moves.
SAAF Pilatus PC 7 Mk II trainer showing its moves.
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
Three Gripen multi-role warplanes roar over the Air Force Memorial.
Three Gripen multi-role warplanes roar over the Air Force Memorial.
An Air Force sergeant stands guard during the service.
An Air Force sergeant stands guard during the service.
A Gripen of SAAF s 2 Squadron.
A Gripen of SAAF's 2 Squadron.
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.
A 35 Squadron Turbo Dak on maritime patrol.
A 35 Squadron Turbo Dak on maritime patrol.
Photo SA Navy
Colonel Bill de Pinho of the SAAF.
Colonel Bill de Pinho of the SAAF.
A Puma helicopter  a mainstay of the South African air force in the Border Conflict.
A Puma helicopter, a mainstay of the South African air force in the Border Conflict.
The SAAF Museum s own Harvard  Inkwazi.
The SAAF Museum's own Harvard, Inkwazi.
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).
A parachutist of the SAAF s  Golden Eagles  parachute team gets his practice hours in.
A parachutist of the SAAF's "Golden Eagles" parachute team gets his practice hours in.
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".
A SAAF Oryx helicopter of 19 Squadron at AAD 2012.
A SAAF Oryx helicopter of 19 Squadron at AAD 2012.
The Korean War exhibit at the SAAF Musuem near Pretoria.
The Korean War exhibit at the SAAF Musuem near Pretoria.
Two Agusta A-109 helicopters from 17 Squadron make up the Salute Flight over the Air Force Memorial.
Two Agusta A-109 helicopters from 17 Squadron make up the Salute Flight over the Air Force Memorial.
Two SAAF Oryx helicopters show the flag.
Two SAAF Oryx helicopters show the flag.
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!