Category: Contributors

Beaufighter KV-930 of 19 Squadron based at Biferno, Italy

QUESTION: Dear Sir or Madam, I research to find any information about the following crashed-ditched. 0n 12 September 1944 a Beaufighter KV-930 of 19 (SAAF)Squadron,crashed near to the shore of Ithaki Island (Greece).Both crew members survived the crash. My interest is in discovering further information.Any details that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.…
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Schoongezicht Vampire Forced Landing

QUESTION I am seeking information on a vampire that forced landed after a flame out. Unfortunately I do not have exact detail except that this event took place approximately July 1959 whilst operating from AFS Langebaanweg. It would be greatly appreciated if you could help in any way.   ANSWER The incident you’re referring to…
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“A Day in the Life of … Freddie Coates”

This online exhibition features images and experiences of various members of the SAAF and RAF.   Frederick George Coates was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England on 14th March 1920. His brother Albert joined the Royal and Merchant Navies and was on HMS Southampton when it was bombed. He had a little sister Olive who died…
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“A Day in the Life of … Joe Joubert”

  This online exhibition features images and experiences of various members of the SAAF and RAF and RAAF. Joe Joubert flew as a navigator in the Berlin Airlift. On the 9th July 1949 he and the radio operator were ordered to jettison 63 sacks of coal as the aircraft could not gain height in a…
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Wings and Wheels DVD – “In the Jumpseat”

Have you ever wanted to fly, wondered how aerobatic teams prepare their displays, thought about how many crew it takes to pilot a helicopter or dreamed of breaking the sound barrier in a fighter jet? Well, now you can! In this documentary, filmed over four days at the Wings and Wheels Airshow at Air Force…
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Wings and Wheels 2011 Air Show Participants

PROVISIONAL AIR SHOW PROGRAM AFB YSTERPLAAT WINGS & WHEELS SHOW 09 & 10 DECEMBER 2011 Air Show Helpline Number: 021 508 6414 JET PROVOST                                                         FLYING DISPLAY L39                                                                             FLYING DISPLAY L39                                                                             FLYING DISPLAY 2 X MX2                                                                    FLYING DISPLAY 4 X HARVARD                                                        FLYING DISPLAY P51 MUSTANG                                                        FLYING DISPLAY SEA FURY                                                                 FLYING DISPLAY YAK 55                                                                       FLYING DISPLAY PITTS…
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AFB Ysterplaat Timeline

  1941 – 1945     1941         1942                                   1943                       1944           1945     Brooklyn Air Station established on…
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AFB Ysterplaat – 70 Years of Aviation Excellence – Part Two

HISTORY AND LOCATION OF AFB YSTERPLAAT PART II The History of Ysterplaat 1810 – 1941 (The Early Years) (View Part One Here) To a certain extent it is not known precisely when aviators started using Ysterplaat as a landing field, but it is interesting to know some of the background to what we know as…
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SAAF Air Capability Demonstration, 01 September 2011

On the first of September the SAAF held its second bi-annual air capability demonstration at Roodewal bombing range.  After an early morning welcome briefing at AFB Waterkloof, invited VIP’s and guests were flown to Polokwane International Airport, and then driven by bus the further half hour to the site in the Limpopo province. Further comprehensive…
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