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Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2012. My grandfather served in the South African Airforce (SAAF) for 37 years. My father was in the South African Army for over 10 years, which is where my love for aircraft and armour comes from.
Air shows in South Africa were an absolute treat when I was growing up. Seeing SAAF Rooivalks, Cheetah's and Gripens, to English Electric Lightnings, Hawker Hunters and Buccaneers from Thunder City. To the legendary Spitfire Mk.IXe, P51D Mustang, Mirage lll, Mirage F1's and Shackleton MR3 from the SAAF Museum.
I have been lucky enough to fly in a Bell Huey and ex SAAF Harvard when I was living in South Africa, an ex RAAF Tiger Moth & DC3 in Australia.
I am currently building SAAF and IAF aircraft, with one or two armour pieces in the stash too.
Israel took delivery of their first F-15's in 1976. The procurement of these new fighters was to replace their aging Mirage fleet. A number of Israeli aces were sent over to the US to test both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle. The [...]
I saw this Airfix kit at the hobby shop and noticed it had South African Airforce markings, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
This is the first time I've used an airbrush, the first model I've weathered with oils and my first 1/72 [...]
The South African Air Force operated over 1250 Harvard's from 1942 to 1995.
SAAF received their first Harvard's in October 1942. By July 1944, 633 Harvard Mk IIA's and III's had been shipped to South Africa with another 555 (379 MkIIA's [...]
Hi all! First post after lurking for a while.
The South African Airforce has a wonderful history with the Supermarine Spitfire. First flying them in WW2. The Spitfire also produced one of the great South African aces in Adolf 'Sailor' [...]