Armed Forces Overviews
South African Air Force
South African Air Force
Bloemfontein (FABL)
Bloemspruit AFB

Rwy: 02/20, 12/30
Pos: 29°05'36"S 026°18'16"E
Elev: 4458ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
16sq

Hlaselani (Attack) Rooivalk
87 HFS

Docemus (We teach) A109LUH
BK117A (on loan)
TP-1Oryx
106sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
 
The SAAF is still the only user of the Rooivalk in the World. Photographed here is the Rooivalk Mk.1 678 from 16 Squadron.
Photo: Swartkop, 5 May 2018, Jonathan Druion
Durban (FADN)
Rwy: 06/24, 18/36
Pos: 29°58'11"S 030°57'06"E
Elev: 25 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
15sq

Aquila Petit Ardua (Eagle seeks the heights) A109LUH
BK117A
TP-1 Oryx
105sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
 
Hoedspruit AFB (FAHS)
Rwy: 09/27, 18/36
Pos: 24°21'18"S 031°03'00"E
Elev: 1640 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
19sq

Fama ex Factis (Fame through deeds) TP-1 Oryx
A109LUH
101sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
 
A109LUH 4020 of 19 Squadron at Waterkloof on 22 September 2018.
Photo: Sebastian Sowa
Kimberley (FAKM)
Rwy: 02/20, 10/28
Pos: 28°48'17"S 024°45'50"E
Elev: 3950 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
107sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
 
Langebaanweg AFB (FALW)
Rwy: 02L/20R, 02R/20L, 07/25, 16/34
Pos: 32°57'59"S 018°09'36"E
Elev: 0 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
CFS

Facta Nostra Vivent (Our deeds shall live) PC-7 MkII
Silver Falcons

PC-7 MkII
 
Pride of the SAAF are the Silver Falcons, flying with the PC-7 MkII. The operate out of AFB Langebaanweg and can be seen regularly at airshows.
Photo: Ysterplaat, 24 September 2010, René Verschuur
Makhado AFB (FALM)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 23°09'36"S 029°42'06"E
Elev: 3025 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2sq

Sursum Prorsusque (Upward and onward) JAS39C
JAS39D
85CFS

Detrimento Sumus (Our purpose is damage) Hawk Mk120
102sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
AFB Makhado was previously known as Louis Trichardt.
 
The SAAF is operating 17 JAS39C models and 9 JAS39D models. JAS39C Gripen 3919/19 taxies at Swartkop during the ‘golden hour’ on 5 May 2018.
Photo: Timothy Brandt
AFB Makhado is home to the 85th Central Flying School, operating the Hawk Mk120s. Seen here is Hawk 273.
Photo: Swartkop, 7 May 2016, Timothy Brandt
Overberg (FAOB)
Rwy: 10/28, 17/35
Pos: 34°33'30"S 020°15'00"E
Elev: 164 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
TFDC

Alerte (Alert) various a/c
AFB Overberg was previously known as Bredasdorp.
 
Port Elizabeth (FAPE)
Rwy: 08/26, 17/35
Pos: 33°59'24"S 025°36'37"E
Elev: 226 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
15sq C-Flight

Aquila Petit Ardua (Eagle seeks the heights) A109LUH
BK117A
TP-1 Oryx
108sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
 
The South Africa Air Force was the first user in the world of the A109LUH model. Here the 4026 of 15 Squadron.
Photo: Swartkop, 5 May 2018, Jonathan Druion
Swartkop AFB (FASK)
Rwy: 02/20, 06/24 (grass)
Pos: 25°48'29"S 028°09'50"E
Elev: 4794ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
17sq

Pro Re Nata (For the occasion as it arises) TP-1 Oryx
A109LUH
104sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
 
Several units within the SAAF use the locally built TP-1 Oryx, a derivate of the Puma.
Photo: Daniele Faccioli
Waterkloof AFB (FAWK)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 25°49'45"S 028°13'22"E
Elev: 4921 ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
21sq

Onoorwinlik (Unbeatable) Ce550
Ce551
Falcon 50
Falcon 900A
B737-7ED
28sq

Portamus (We carry) C-130BZ
41sq

Detegimus Hostes (We find the enemy) Ce208
Beech 200
Beech 300
PC-12
44sq

Prosumus (We are useful) C212-200
C212-300
111sq

privately owned civilian aircraft
 
28 Squadron started using the Hercules in 1963
Photo: Swartkop, 5 May 2018, Timothy Brandt
21 Squadron operates several transport aircraft. This BBJ is used for VIP-transport.
Photo: 24 June 2006, Andy Cline
Cessna 208 3002 over the Roodewal Bomb Range showing off the “Eye in the sky” technology used to record all battlefield simulations for analysis later.
Photo: 28 May 2014, Justin Kennerley
Beech B200C 650 of 41sq taxiing at Port Elizabeth on 25 August 2017.
Photo: Austin Ferreira
C212-200 4010 landing at its home-base on 17 September 2016.
Photo: Renier Siebrits
Ysterplaat AFB (FAYP)
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 33°54'04"S 018°29'51"E
Elev: 51ft
Squadron Motto Aircraft Type(s) Badge
22sq

Ut Mare Liberum Sit (That the sea may be free) Lynx 300
TP-1 Oryx
35sq

Shaya Amanzi (Strike the water) C-47TP
80 Air Navigation School

aircraft on loan
Although the Lynxes from 22sq wear Navy titles, they are operated by the SAAF.
 
All the 4 Lynx 300 helicopters are operating with 22 Squadron of the South African Air Force but wearing South African Navy markings.
Photo: 7 September 2010, Fred Hovestad
Although converted with turbo-props, the classic shape of the Dakota still to be seen in South African skies.
Photo: Steve Brimley
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