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Heritage Day 2011

A number of events were held at the Cape Town Museum on HeritageDay, 24th September 2011. These events included Archery, and Tug-of-War competitions, followed by a ‘braai.’ To celebrate Johan Ackerman’s birthday he was presented with a model of a Grippen by the Youth Development Programme Team. The winning team “The Fabulous Four” received a…
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The Fallen

Image by Anton Crone In the last Great War, South Africa committed 120,000 soldiers to the battlefields of North Africa & Europe. 11,900 soldiers did not return. The Fallen is a 60-second war film by South African director Bauke Brouwer. Set during the Second World War, the production has been chosen as a finalist for…
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Dave Henderson – Aircraft Enthusiast and Modeller

Christopher David Henderson known as Dave 16.8.1952 – 26.12.2010 Written by his wife, Alison Henderson Dave was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland and moved to Nairobi, Kenya when he was two years old as his father had joined the Kenyan Police after leaving the army . From a very young age, Dave was an airplane…
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12th Reunion of Pelican 16

The 12th reunion of the survivors of Pelican 16 took place at the Blue Peter Hotel in Blaauwberg Strand on the evening of 13 July 2006. The Blue Peter Hotel has become a significant contributor to the SAAF Museum, and in this instance, the spread of Moroccan food, the decor in the dining room as…
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The Search for Puma 164 – A Book Launch

and Invite you to a book launchwith authors Neill Jackson and Rick van Malsen in attendance to sign books Venue: Dickie Fritz Shellhole, Dickie Fritz Avenue, Dowerglen, Edenvale Date: Saturday, 27th August 2011 Time: 13:30 RSVP: office@30degreessouth.co.za . The Search for Puma 164 Operation Uric and the assault on Mapai . The battle for Mapai…
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Warrant Officer Mykes James Patric Boyd

  WARRANT OFFICER  MYLES JAMES PATRIC BOYD 13.12.1938 – 10.08.2011   Pat was born in Brakpan South Africa and was educated at Nottingham Road Boarding School in the Midlands of Natal, some 65Km west of Pietermaritsburg. Joining the South African Air Force in 1955, he underwent Basic Training at the newly created Air Force Gymnasium…
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AFB Ysterplaat – 70 Years of Aviation Excellence – Part One: Introduction

HISTORY AND LOCATION OF AFB YSTERPLAAT   Introduction to flight in South Africa The dream of flight was long given hopeful expression in the mythology of the ancient civilisations and indeed the great Leonardo de Vinci also saw the possibility of flight and drew it on paper centuries before it became reality. And when flight…
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Obituary – WO2 Kevin Furness

Kev Furness 1951 – 2011 Kevin was born on 05 November 1951, 11 months after his brother Alan at Shabani in Rhodesia, who both eventually lived in Salisbury. After they left high school Kevin went first of all into the British South Africa Police in Harare and then into the Rhodesian Air Force in the…
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Memorial to World War 2 SAAF airmen unveiled in Sofia

Article reprinted with kind permission – The Author Clive Leviev-Sawyer Seven South African Air Force fliers who died in June 1944 after being shot down during a bombing mission, and who are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves section of Sofia Cemetery, now have a plaque commemorating them at the South African embassy. The plaque…
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