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Museum Volunteers attend Fire Briefing

The volunteers at the AFB Ysterplaat branch of the museum attended a full morning’s briefing by WO2 Mark Howell. The Museum Volunteers were divided into two groups, and the briefings will be repeated on the last Saturday of each month. The session started at the Fire and Rescue Section’s briefing room, where WO2 Mark Howell…
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Air Force Day Parade

The annual Air Force Day Parade took place on Friday 28 January 2011 at Swartkop. The Air Force Day parade is held every year, on or near to the 1st February, which was the day the SAAF was established in 1920.

Mystery Evening at the Museum

A Mystery Night at the Museum Join the Friends of the SAAF Museum for an evening of fun and intrigue and help us hunt for the ghost of the Museum. Bring your family and friends along to help solve the mystery while also learning about the colourful history of the South African Air Force. Teams…
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Skeleton Coast Hero

Hail the modest hero of the merciless Skeleton Coast! In a retirement community in Potchefstroom a real South African hero died, almost unsung in his own country. AT the age of 83 Immins Overbeek Naude succumbed to a double onslaught of asthma and angina. He probably wasn’t unhappy, because he had cheated death 52 years…
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The Saaf and the Warsaw Flights

(This article was first published on 24 September 2008, by Anne Lehmkuhl, and updated by Cameron Kirk Kinnear on 14th July 2019) THE SAAF AND WARSAW Earlier this month, I was blessed to attend a very special remembrance day – that for the brave young men of the South African Air Force who flew to…
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The Flight to Fetch a Fish – coelacanth C-47 6832

  On December 21st, 1938, a strange fish was caught off the East London coast. Professor J. L. B. Smith was fascinated by this fish, identified as a coelacanth. This fish was thought to have been extinct for over two hundred million years. (NOTE: Travel here for a full version of this story…) Excited at…
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The Catalinas of Lake St Lucia

THE CATALINAS OF LAKE St LUCIA By Jeff Gaisford Jeff Gaisford is currently Media Officer for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. He has a deep interest in the flying doats which operated in Zululand and this led to the writing of this article. It first appeared in World Air News and is reprinted here with kind permission.…
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Sunderlands of Lake Umsingazi

THE SUNDERLAND FLYING BOATS OF LAKE UMSINGAZI By Jeff Gaisford Jeff Gaisford has a deep interest in the flying doats which operated in Zululand and this led to the writing of this article. It first appeared in World Air News and is reprinted here with kind permission. 262 Squadron RAF used Catalina Bay at the…
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Preliminary Year Events

Preliminary Year Planner 2011 Date Day Event 13th January Meeting 28th January Friday Airforce Day 3rd February Meeting 5th February Flying Training 12th/13th February SA  Model Jets Night At The Museum Thursday SAAF Museum Council Meeting 3rd March AGM and Braai 5th March Flying Training 2nd April Flying Training 7th April Meeting 22nd April Friday…
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Westland Wasp HAS. Mk1

Wasp #93 and website author at AFB Ysterplaat in 2002. He served on the SAS President Kruger, which operated Wasp helicopters in an anti-submarine role. Taken by the website author in 1981 from the helicopter deck of the SA Navy Flagship SAS President Kruger, SAS President Pretorius and WASP HAS. MK1 operate south of Cape…
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