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SAAF to break up C160Z Transall wrecks

The hulks of eight Aerospatiale C160Z Transall medium transports that have been weathering alongside the runway of Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria for 15 years will shortly be cut up for scrap.   Chief of the South African Air Force Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano says a buyer stripped the aircraft of all valuable components and then abandoned the fuselages.  

SA-born Airbus executive promotes aviation R&D

Top South African-born Airbus aeronautical engineer Frank Ogilvie wraps up a visit to today after meeting universities, industry, the CSIR and government to explore additional opportunities for collaborative research and technology (R&T) projects.   While in SA, Ogilvie also promoted the Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" competition, which is open to all university students and carries a first prize of €30 000.  

Gagiano moots an operational Hawk squadron

The South African Air Force could dedicate some of its BAE Systems Mk120 Hawk aircraft to operational, rather than training duties, says Air Force chief Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano.   Twenty four of the type is now serving with 85 Combat Flying School at Air Force Base Makhado in Limpopo province.     

Maritime patrol aircraft high on SAAF agenda

The South African Air Force is in need of a customised maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to replace the 60+ year old Douglas C47TP “Turbo Dak” currently used in that role by Cape Town-based 35 Squadron.   The SAAF have not had a bespoke MPA since retiring the Avro Shackleton MR3 in 1984. The flying service has been operating the C47 since1943. They have been impressed as surrogate MPAs since 1985 and the 35 Squadron fleet were upgraded to turboprop standard in 1994.   

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