Air Force Base Durban

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AFB Durban
Air Force Base Durban
Durban Airport.jpg
Airport type Military
Operator South African Air Force
Location Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Elevation AMSL 33 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 29°58′07″S 030°56′52″E / 29.96861°S 30.94778°E / -29.96861; 30.94778Coordinates: 29°58′07″S 030°56′52″E / 29.96861°S 30.94778°E / -29.96861; 30.94778
FADN is located in Durban
Location in the Durban metropolitan area
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 8,005 2,440 Asphalt

AFB Durban (ICAO: FADN)[1] is an airbase of the South African Air Force, located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa The runway is shared with the (now defunct) Durban International Airport (since September 1956). The airbase is at the northern end of the runway.[2]

Status following closure of Durban International Airport[edit]

As of August 2016 no replacement site has been provided for 15 Squadron, which is still based at the airport. As a helicopter unit it does not require a large airfield with runways.


It is home to 15 Squadron which currently operates Atlas Oryx and BK 117 helicopters. Their primary role is maritime and landward search and rescue. Two flights of Oryx are based in Durban and C Flight, consisting of four BK 117s is detached to Port Elizabeth. C Flight's conversion to AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters has been postponed due to delays in developing emergency flotation equipment for the type, thus precluding its use in a maritime environment.[3]

Units hosted[edit]

  • 15 Squadron- Helicopters
  • 508 Squadron
  • 105 Squadron - Citizen Force liaison and crime prevention patrol squadron. Reserve squadron operating various civil light aircraft by mostly civilian pilots.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for FADN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Retirement of SAAF BK117 may be further delayed". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 

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