A small dedication to Mirage IIICZ "Black Widow" - UK Airshow Review Forums
Mirage IIICZ "Black Widow", a former South African Air Force fighter has flown its last flight (a few years ago), and will be delivered by road to AFB Zwartkop in Pretoria, where it will join a collection of other Mirages on static display for the rest of its days.
The first Harvards arrived in South Africa in October 1942 for use by the Joint Air Training Scheme schools. By July 1944, 633 Harvard Mk IIA and III aircraft had been shipped to South Africa, with 555 surviving in October 1945 (379 MkIIAs and 176 Mk IIIs). As the Harvards had been supplied on lend-leaseby the US, 300 were shipped back to the UK from 1946, with the remainder being purchased by South Africa.
Weekend Wings #39: South Africa's "Franken-Mirages", Part 1 of 3
I'm sure readers know of Mary Shelley's famous novel 'Frankenstein'. Briefly, Dr. Victor Frankenstein assembles a monster in the form of a human being, using body parts from "the dissecting-room and the slaughter-house". Since then, the first part of his name has become a byword to describe anything that resembles a known thing, but uses parts from other things. For example, in the shooting world, a 'Franken-FAL' is a FAL rifle (like this one, for example) that looks as if it came from the…