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

Portuguese Paratroopers during the Portuguese Overseas War boarding a Puma, ca.

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

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.

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


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