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SAAF Prestige Evening Awards

The South African Airforce held a Prestige evening awards ceremony at Airforce Base Swartkop on the 31 January 2019.The following day the Airforce was to celebrate 99 years of air power excellence.

85 Combat Flying School Hawk MK120 “Gannet” on static display.

The aim of the Prestige Evening is to showcase the service excellence by bestowing honours and eminence to the sterling work the done by the different SAAF entities and individuals in their varied stations.

Invited guests were treated to a mini flying display by various aircraft in the South African Airforce inventory, that being the Silver Falcons led by Major Omphile Matloane ,an Oryx helicopter and the SAAF Museums De Haviland Vampire flown by Lt Col Glen ‘Gringo’ Warden.

Silver Falcons
Silver Falcons
De Havilland Vampire T55
De Havilland Vampire T55
17 Squadron Oryx Helicopter

Unfortunately there was no Rooivalk display due to the helicopter picking up a snag during its validation flight earlier in the afternoon. The Weather gods also didn’t agree with the evenings proceeding’s and rather made everyone move into Hanger 5 where supper and speeches took place due to the heavy rain downpour.

16 Squadron Rooivalk flown by Major Paul “Racoon” Kempthorn

Once everyone had run for shelter due to the rain in hangar five “The Centre of Aviation Awareness Hanger ” where the to the choir entertained us until the awards ceremony began.

The Chief of the South African Airforce and MCs for the evening congratulated each of the following units for the outstanding contribution to making the organisation a successful team in their different roles they’re play in the SAAF.

For the rest of the evening we got to listen to the South African Airforce Band, with a special musician who joined us for the evening, Mr
Jonas Gwangwa. He has been an important figure in South African jazz for over 40 years.


Mr Jonas Gwangwa

We would like to say thank you to the South African Airforce for their hospitality and to the Chief of the SAAF for welcoming us to the event personally.We wish the SAAF a great and safe year ahead. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

The Chief of the SAAF Lieutenant general Fabian Zimpande Msimang and his wife Ms Afrika Msimang enjoying their copy of their 2019 edition of Aviation Centrals Calendar.

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AFB Swartkop to host Prestige Day 01 February

The first and oldest South African Air force Base, Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop, will host the South African Air Force Prestige Day Parade on 01 February 2019. The parade is scheduled to commence at 10h00.

Previously known as Air Force Day Parade, the parade commander is expected to get the proceedings underway by leading the troops and a Colour-Party in a form of a Ceremonial Wing-In-Review on the parade during which Chief of the Air Force (CAF), Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Zimpande Msimang will acknowledge a salute from members on the parade as the Review Officer.

The Chief of the South African Airforce is expected to bestow trophies to deserving Directorates, Bases, Squadrons and Units for distinguishing themselves in various performances in different categories such as flying unit, support unit to mention but a few.

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On a yearly basis, the SA Air Force sets aside the 31st January and 01st February to celebrate top achievers within its ranks. Aviation enthusiasts who continue to offer resolute support to the SA Air Force will bear witness to the deafening roaring sounds of the SAAF fighter jets, transport and helicopter fleets, as well as Silver Falcons when they perform an aerial display.

Gripen and Hawk Formation
Agusta A109LUH

Known by many as the host of old SAAF hardware, the SAAF Museum will make its presence felt when it deploys its assets such as Puma, Alouette and Harvard to form part of the mass flypast.

Please note that no public will be allowed to enter the base for this event, only invited guested will gain entry.

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