SADF 1960-1994

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SAI_RECCE. South African / Rhodesian Bush War.

SAI_RECCE. South African / Rhodesian Bush War.

Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag: Rangstruktuur

Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag: Rangstruktuur

NORTH OF ANGOLA - Recovering from a group of paratroopers by PUMA helicopter after an operation in northern Angola.

NORTH OF ANGOLA - Recovering from a group of paratroopers by PUMA helicopter after an operation in northern Angola.

The WWII vintage Dakota was still used in the South African Bush War 40 years later. Brings back many memories

The WWII vintage Dakota was still used in the South African Bush War 40 years later. Brings back many memories

When the Pumas came over, it was the most awesome sight for a 19 year old who just walked out of battle alive

When the Pumas came over, it was the most awesome sight for a 19 year old who just walked out of battle alive

SADF R4 (top) and R5 Assault Rifles.

SADF R4 (top) and R5 Assault Rifles.

On 1 May 1986, a South African Air Force Dakota while on a flight to Ondangwa at about 8000 ft was hit with a soviet SAM-7 shoulder fired surface to air missile. The explosion ripped off most of the Dakota’s tail. To add additional pressure to the crew, the Dakota was full of military VIP passengers including the Chief of the Army.

Precision landing with Rudder and Elevators shot away = SAAF Hero!

Now there are pilots with skills and then there are a cut above, this pilot is a cut above. On 1 May 1986, a South African Air Force Dakota while on a flight to Ondangwa at about 8000 ft was hit wi…

South African / Rhodesian Bush War.

South African / Rhodesian Bush War.