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85 Combat Flying School SAAF

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Active  1982 - Present
Founded  1972
Country  South Africa
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Branch  South African Air Force
Type  Jet flight-training and combat operations school
Current Base  AFB Makhado, Louis Trichardt
Anniversaries  Received Unit colours 4 October 1988, Received national colours 1989
Motto  Detrimento Sumus (Destruction is our Business)
Headquarters  Air Force Base Makhado, Louis Trichardt
Similar  South African Air Force, South African National, Desert Air Force, South African Army, South African Military H

85 Combat Flying School is a unit of the South African Air Force (SAAF). It is a jet flight-training and combat operations school, it was first formed in 1982 at AFB Pietersburg (It was known as Advanced Flying School from 1967). It relocated to AFB Hoedspruit on 1 January 1993 due to the closure of AFB Pietersburg. The school also has a wartime reserve role, although it has publicly been stated that the school will not be used operationally unless a very urgent need arises.

Aircraft used previously :

  • Mirage IIIEZ/DZ/D2Z
  • Canadair Sabre Mk.6 1975 - 1980
  • Atlas Impala Mk.I/II 1972 - 2005
  • The school has been relocated to AFB Makhado from AFB Hoedspruit into a new purpose built facility with state-of-the-art computer-aided flight training instruments. The school shares this facility with the SAAF Gripen community.

    During October 2007 there were several pilots that went solo on the Hawk Mk.120.

    The squadron also participated in the annual South Africa National Defence Force preparation exercises and fired live cannon rounds and dropped live bombs. They also had a successful weapons deployment exercise to AFB Bloemspruit in 2007.


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