Air Force Base Makhado

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AFB Makhado
Airport type Military
Operator South African Air Force
Location Louis Trichardt, Limpopo, South Africa
Elevation AMSL 3,069 ft / 935 m
Coordinates 23°09′36″S 029°41′48″E / 23.16000°S 29.69667°E / -23.16000; 29.69667Coordinates: 23°09′36″S 029°41′48″E / 23.16000°S 29.69667°E / -23.16000; 29.69667
FALM is located in Limpopo
Location in Limpopo
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,020 13,189 Asphalt
10L/28R 500 1,640 Asphalt

Air Force Base Makhado (ICAO: FALM), formerly Air Force Base Louis Trichardt, is an airbase of the South African Air Force. It is the SAAF's northernmost base, situated at Louis Trichardt near the border with Zimbabwe, as well as being its most modern, and is known unofficially as Fighter Town, RSA.

The base motto is Castrum Borealis (Fortress of the North).

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The base was officially opened on 14 October 1987 as AFB Louis Trichardt, but changed its name to match that of the nearby town on 7 November 2003. The town has since reverted to its old name, but the base name remains unchanged.

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