77 years of NA Harvard under Southern African Skies: A Pictorial History 1940 - 2017 (Winston Brent)

R 695.00

African Aviation Series No. 33 A pictorial history of the South African Harvard including the individual histories of all currently surviving Ex SAAF Harvards all over the world.  The focus is on “Where are they now?” Each of the surviving Harvards (up to Nov 1995) has at least one page per serial.There is also a chapter on Arnie Meneghelli and his...

85 Years of South African Air Force - Winston Brent

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African Aviation Series No. 13.  The author took on the onerous task of compiling in-depth details of the 8000-odd aircraft that have seen service in the South African Air Force between 1920 and 2005. He introduces them more or less in the order which they were taken into service and has listed serials, construction numbers, delivery dates and fates where...

African Air Forces - Winston Brent

R 295.00

African Aviation Series No. 5.  At the time of publication in 1999, never before had such a comprehensive publication been compiled which gave the reader in-depth detail of the aircraft flown by the many air forces – large and small – in Africa. It lists all air forces and air arms in Africa with their respective inventory and it is...

Beyond the Edge of the Sky - Crow Stannard

R 395.00

Beyond the Edge of the Sky by Crow Stannard is a collection of biographical stories from the life of Lt Gen Denis Earp, former Chief of the SA Air Force 1984 – 1988. This book includes memories of a fighter pilot who spent two years as a POW in the hands of the Chinese during the Korean War. It gives his personal accounts of those indescribably harrowing years...

Buccaneers of 24 Squadron – Book 1 – The Beginning

R 695.00

This is the concise story of why and how South Africa bought the Buccaneer aircraft including all the political turmoil surrounding the sale of the aircraft to South Africa. The training of the flight and ground crews as well as all the  drama during the delivery flight of the first eight aircraft to South Africa. Lt Gen Mike Muller – former 24 Sqn...

Buccaneers of 24 Squadron – Book 2 – The First 10 Years

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This is the concise story of the first ten years of service from 1966 to 1975 of the Buccaneer aircraft of 24 Squadron including all the tragic aircraft losses during this period, the Tip-to-Top race, sinking of the Wafra, Operation RSA-10 and the beginning of the Hanto bomb project. Col Simon van Garderen (Retired)  Ex Officer Commanding 24 Squadron writes: "What...

CHEETAH - Guardians of the Nation - Winston Brent

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African Aviation Series No. 23  CHEETAH - Guardians of the Nation In 1981 the SAAF produced a Staff Requirement to replace the Mirage III's and F1's. From this requirement the Cheetah was born. The author covers the initial development of this Project, right through to the arrival of the Cheetah C. This book was published to coincide with the final...

CHOPPER DOWN! The Story Of A Mercenary Pilot In Africa - Carl Alberts

R 300.00

After twenty years of armed conflict in Angola and political instability in coup-ridden Sierra Leone going back to 1991, private corporate financial interests became the catalyst that spawned the creation of possibly the most successful private military corporation to date: Executive Outcomes (EO). With its initial task of securing Angolan government control in the Soyo oil-producing region, prompted by private...

Facta Nostra Vivent: Going Around Again - More Memories from The SAAF Central Flying School and Pupils Course Roll Call (1948 - 1995)

R 675.00

Going Around Again is a sequel to the popular and well received first volume Facta Nostra Vivent and continues with personal stories from the South African Air Force Central Flying School from WWII through to the final retirement of that extraordinary training aircraft, the Harvard AT6. The book includes memories from 24Air School which was the first unit at Dunnottar...

Facta Nostra Vivent: Memories from The South African Air Force Central Flying School (1922 - 1995)

R 675.00

FACTA NOSTRA VIVENT - “OUR DEEDS WILL LIVE” This is not an official history. It is a compilation of historical information and stories from those who served at CFS. This is a story about the South African Air Force Central Flying School in all its guises from its early days up to the end of the Harvard era in 1995....

From Fledgling To Eagle: The South African Air Force During The Border War - Brig Gen Dick Lord

R 375.00

The crucible of combat over 23 years forged the fledgling South African Air Force into a formidable strike weapon, capable of defeating the best Soviet air defenses of the time. From Fledgling to Eagle chronicles the evolution of the SAAF in the 'Border War' that raged in Angola and South West Africa (Namibia) from 1966 to 1989, covering all the...

From Tailhooker to Mudmover: An Autobiography - Brig Gen (Ret) Dick Lord

R 250.00

This book traces an extraordinary career through nearly four decades of military aviation. Dick Lord, well known as an aviation raconteur, tells a tale of military flying at its very best. He covers, in amusing detail, the life of a carrier pilot in both the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm and the United States Navy. His unusual career then led...

Gunship Ace: The Wars Of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot And Mercenary - Al J Venter

R 350.00

A former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the 1970's on, Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. Apart from flying Alouette helicopter gunships in Angola, he has fought in the Balkan War (for Islamic forces), tried to resuscitate Mobutu's ailing air force during his final days ruling the Congo, flew Mi-8s...

Gunship Over Angola: The Story of a Maverick Pilot - Steve Joubert

R 260.00

Steve Joubert had always wanted to be a pilot and the only way he could afford to do so, was to join the South African Air Force in the late 1970's. As an adventurous young man with a wicked sense of humour, he tells of the many amusing escapades he had as a trainee pilot. But soon he is sent...

HELICOPTERS OF THE SAAF - Winston Brent

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African Aviation Series No. 16  HELICOPTERS OF THE SAAF: A pictorial history 1948 - 2011. It is A4 with 360 pages printed in full colour. Softcover only.                

I won't be home next Summer - Ron Selley & Karen Cocks

R 195.00

Ronnie Selley, a South African from rural Natal, joined the RAF on a short-service commission in 1937, considered the Golden Age of aviation. During these glory years of Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart few guessed at the brewing storm and dark days to come. After completing his training on antiquated First World War aircraft, Selley was posted to 220 Squadron...

Libyan Air Wars: Part 1 1973-1985 (Tom Cooper, Albert Grandolini & Arnaud Delalande)

R 220.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 19 LIBYAN AIR WARS: PART 1 1973-1985 Between 1973 and 1989, various Western powers and Libya were entangled in a seemingly never-ending exchange of blows. Supposedly launched in retaliation for one action or the other, this confrontation resulted in a number of high-profile, even though low-scale, clashes between the Libyan Arab Air Force (LAAF), the US Navy...

Libyan Air Wars: Part 2 1985-1986 (Tom Cooper, Albert Grandolini & Arnaud Delalande)

R 355.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 21 LIBYAN AIR WARS: PART 2 1985-1986 While the first volume in this mini-series spanned the first decade of confrontations between Libya and several of its neighbours, but foremost the USA and France, between 1973 and 1985, the second is to cover the period of less than a year – between mid-1985 and March 1986, when this confrontation...

Libyan Air Wars: Part 3 1986-1989 (Tom Cooper, Albert Grandolini & Arnaud Delalande)

R 355.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 22 LIBYAN AIR WARS: PART 3 1986-1989 Confrontations between Libya, and the USA and France reached their highest point in the period between April 1986 and early 1989. In response to a Libyan-instigated and supported series of terror attacks against US citizens and interests in Europe, in April 1986 the USA launched Operation El Dorado Canoyon – a...

Light Aircraft in SAAF Service: A Pictorial History 1948 - 2018 - Winston Brent

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African Aviation Series No. 33 Vol 1. Vol I covers the Austers, Dornier Do-27, Cessna 185, Cessna 208 Caravan, Beechcraft King Air 200/300, and the Sundry Acquisitions, including a lengthy article (11 pages) on “Dinky Toy”. A4, softcover in full colour with B&W photos, 224 pages.

Live to Fly Another Day - Johan Nieuwoudt

R 695.00

Johan Nieuwoudt shares his flying experiences in the South African Air Force, starting with his passion for aircraft as a school boy and ending some three decades later after a truly exciting career in the wonderful world of military aviation, and shares the privilege of having been part of the fascinating world of flying. There is something truly magical about...

LZ Hot!: Flying South Africa's Border War - Nick Lithgow

R 455.00

This book captures the experience of the South African Air Force helicopter pilot as never before; from 'rookie' to seasoned combat aviator in one of history's most intense counter-insurgency conflicts - the South African Border War. Nick Lithgow's work relates the gruelling endurance of SADF National Service and its grind, grind, grind ... until one day, helicopter drills with an...

Malloch's Spitfire: The Story and Restoration of PK350 - Nick Meikle

R 275.00

Pursuit of a dream … Spitfire PK350 is the only late-mark Spitfire, an F Mk 22, to have ever been restored to full flying status. She had no restrictions on her airframe and with four fully serviceable 20mm cannons, she was as good as the day she came off the production line in July 1945 at the massive Castle Bromwich...

Maritime Fixed Wing Aircraft of the South African Air Force - Winston Brent

R 575.00

African Aviation Series No. 28  A pictorial history of aircraft flown on operations off the South African coastline 1939 - 2014. It also includes a list of ships (incl warships) sunk, captured or damaged within a 1000 miles of the coast of South Africa & South West Africa (1939-1945). Badges & patches of the maritime fixed wing squadrons are also...

Murder in the Zambezi: The Story of the Air Rhodesia Viscounts - Ian Pringle

R 375.00

The crashes of Air Rhodesia Flight RH825 and Air Rhodesia Flight RH827 were two of the deadliest aviation incidents in the history of Zimbabwe—and they weren’t accidents. In this in-depth exploration of a little-known piece of southern African history, Ian Pringle tells a true story of terrorism, sabotage, and survival. Pringle, who lived in Rhodesia at the time of the...

Pilot, Prisoner, Patriot - Air Vice Marshal Hugh Slatter

R 380.00

The book centers on the arrest, torture, imprisonment and trial of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force of Zimbabwe on false charges of treason against the new Government of Zimbabwe, headed by Robert Mugabe. The author, Air Vice Marshal Hugh Slatter, writes of his early childhood and upbringing in Africa (Southern Rhodesia) in the 1950s, followed by his...

Pirates of 24: A Pictorial Tribute to the Buccaneer S Mk50

R 495.00

A pictorial tribute to the Buccaneer S Mk50, compiled by Johan Conradie and members of 24 Squadron SAAF. Foreword by Lt Gen Mike Muller. The Buccaneer was the best aircraft in the SAAF inventory in terms of an African Bush War according to Brig-Gen Dick Lord. The Buccaneer era started on 25th May 1965 when Cmdt Bob Rogers and Maj...

Pride Of Eagles: A History Of The Rhodesian Air Force - Beryl Salt

R 759.00

This is the story of military aviation in Rhodesia from the romantic days of 'bush' flying in the 1920's and '30s-when aircraft were refuelled from jerrycans and landing grounds were often the local golf course-to the disbandment of the Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) on Zimbabwean independence in 1980. In 1939 the tiny Royal Rhodesian Air Force (RRAF) became the first...

Rhodesian Air Force Operations & Air Strike Log - Prop Geldenhuys

R 425.00

Rhodesian Air Force Operations with Air Strike Log. This book records the operations of the Rhodesian Air Force. It includes a complete log of all the airstrikes carried out as well as maps where these strikes have been meticously plotted. The maps are printed in full colour. There are numerous black and white photographs that illustrate the text. Paperback, 296...

SAAF's Border War: The South African Air Force In Combat 1966-89 (Peter Baxter)

R 220.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 8 SAAF'S BORDER WAR South African Mirages and Cuban MiG-21s dogfighting over Cuito Cuanavale, the largest tank battle on African soil since El Alamein; Puma troopships shot out of the skies by Strela missiles and RPG-7 rockets; Alouette III gunships hovering menacingly above Koevoet tracker-combat teams as they close in for the kill; Hercules and Transall transports disgorging...

SERVE TO SAVE: The South African Air Force at Sea - Guy Ellis

R 280.00

African Aviation Series No. 10  This is the only known comprehensive book on this “Cinderella” branch of the South African Air Force. The need for “Crash Boats” was identified early in WW2, and without these hardy crews who feared no bad weather conditions, many a life of a downed airman or crew of a torpedoed ship would have been lost....

SILVER FALCONS: 40 Years - Winston Brent

R 280.00

African Aviation Series No. 22  SILVER FALCONS - 40 Years  The year 2007 was the 40th anniversary of the Silver Falcons, and it was only fitting to bring out this publication to commemorate the occasion. The author requested each of the surviving leaders to contribute a short synopsis covering his term as leader and many responded unselfishly. They highlighted their...

SPIDER ZERO SEVEN - Mike Borlace SCR

R 375.00

Silver Cross recipient, Mike Borlace is considered to be one of the most experienced combat helicopter pilots of recent times. Now he collates his experiences in this compelling wartime memoir set against the backdrop of the civil war fought in Rhodesia during the 1970s. Helicopters were a vital component of the small Rhodesian Defence Force and as part of special forces,...

Standby! South African Air Force Search and Rescue - Brig Gen Dick Lord

R 295.00

Unsung heroes—the selfless heroism of South Africa’s airmen In the air force no mission receives greater priority than the mission of mercy. When lives are at stake all resources available are dedicated to the task. Aircrew, ground crew, paramedics, doctors, mountaineers, navy divers, policemen and trained civilian volunteers are rapidly organized into a rescue team and dispatched with all haste...

Sweeping Circles in the Sky - Tom Cockbain

R 275.00

African Aviation Series No. 14.  Better known as Maj-Gen. TGE Cockbain (Retired), this is a must for current and ex-SAAF members! The first five chapters cover his personal biography and the next eleven chapters cover the history of the postwar SAAF radar system. Tom Cockbain is widely regarded as the “father” of the SAAF postwar radar system and he covers...

The Chopper Boys: Helicopter Warfare In Africa - Al J. Venter

R 750.00

Few military strategists have been prepared to concede the extraordinary role helicopter gunships have played in many African conflicts during the course of the past half-century. Mali’s government was on the verge of collapse following a largely al-Qaeda-backed invasion of the country when the French went in, early 2013. Three weeks later they had battled all the way up to...

The Helderberg Conspiracy: Fact or Fiction? - Steven Webb

R 320.00

Think of everything that you know or thought you knew about the 1987 South African Airways Flight 295 accident, and ask yourselves whether or not you are 100% sure that the information that has for years been propagated as being fact, is not perhaps fiction. ​ With the help of experts, one of them being a former investigator of this...

The Search For Puma 164: Operation Uric And The Assault On Mapai - Neill Jackson, & Rick van Malsen

R 300.00

September 6, 1979 a lone Puma helicopter flies northward, leaving behind the desolation of the battle for Mapai, in Mozambique's Gaza Province. Huddled in the cabin, two weary soldiers sit silently immersed in their own thoughts, contemplating their difficult duties ahead. WOII Graham Enslin, CSM, Support Commando, is struggling to come to terms with the death in action that morning...

Tumult In The Clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920 – 2010 - Dean Wingrin

R 355.00

The South African Air Force (SAAF), formed on 1 February 1920, is the second oldest air force in the Commonwealth. The air arm played a major role in securing victory for the Allies during the Second World War, in the 1948/49 Berlin Airlift, and in Korea in the 1950s. The SAAF assisted Rhodesia in the 1960s and ’70s, made a...

UITERS GEHEIM en ander anekdotes - Kobus de Villiers

R 350.00

Dit is die sestigs en die wêreld ondergaan groot veranderinge. Die Koue Oorlog, die ruimte wedloop, die Kubaanse misiel krisis, hippies en Woodstock. Motors met stertvinne en Suid-Afrika word ʼn Republiek en ons betaal met die Rand eerder as die Pond. Ek lê op die grasperk voor die ou Vrystaatse plaashuis en tuur die donker Afrika hemel in om die...

Vlamgat: The Story Of The Mirage F1 In The South African Air Force - Brig Gen Dick Lord

R 280.00

"Their hands are shaking ever so slightly. They will be flying again in the morning"Vlamgat, literally 'flaming hole' in Afrikaans, was the nickname the South African Air Force (SAAF) gave to the Mirage F1, its formidable frontline jet fighter during South Africa's long 'border wars' in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola from the late 1960's to the late 1980's....

Winds Of Destruction: The Autobiography of a Rhodesian Combat Pilot - PJH Petter-Bowyer

R 450.00

Winds of Destruction is a unique account of one man’s service in the Rhodesian Air Force, spanning a period of twenty-three years from 1957 to 1980—through the politically turbulent years of Federation; the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (U.D.I.) by Ian Smith’s government in 1965 and thirteen years of relentless, uncompromising bush warfare against the never-ending tide of Robert Mugabe’s and Joshua...

Wings over Langebaanweg: Stories from a South African Air Force Base 1946-1993 - Andrew Embleton

R 675.00

This book is the third in a trilogy of books about aspects of flying training in the SAAF. The earlier books are FACTA NOSTRA VIVENT and GOING AROUND AGAIN by the same author. Langebaanweg has a long and important history as a SAAF air base. This book with its many pages of colour photographs is a modest attempt to record...

Wings Over Ogaden: The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79 - Tom Cooper

R 220.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 18 Wings Over Ogaden: The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79 With Ethiopia in disarray following a period of severe internal unrest and the spread of insurgencies in Eritrea and Tigray, Ethiopia and its armed forces should have offered little opposition to well-equipped Somali armed forces which were unleashed to capture Ogaden, in July 1977. However, excellently trained pilots of...