Bophuthatswana Air Force
|Bophuthatswana Air Force|
Air Force roundel
|Founded||1987 - 1994 (ceased)|
The Bophuthatswana Air Force (BAF) was the aviation branch of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force. The BAF existed from 1987 until 27 April 1994. The primary role of the BAF was to provide support and medevac services to the ground units of the Bophuthatswana army. The BAF operated from several bases, one being Mmabatho AFB.
All surviving aircraft and helicopters were integrated into the South African Air Force after 27 April 1994.
An air component of the BDF was established on 19 March 1981 with the purchase of an Alouette III.
In 1982, the unit became known as Bophuthatswana Air Wing with the arrival of a 2nd Alouette III and 2 Helio H-295s. In 1983, 2 Partenavia P.68s and an AS-355 Écureuil were purchased - the latter was assigned to VIP transports. In November 1989, it was replaced by an SA-365N1 Dauphin.
With the arrival of so many new aircraft, the Bophuthatswana Air Wing took the name Bophuthatswana Air Force in late 1987.
|Pilatus PC-7||Switzerland||training / COIN||3|
|CN-235||Spain||utility / transport||1|
|Pilatus PC-6 Turbo-Porter||Switzerland||transport / liaison / COIN||1|
|BK 117||Germany||utility / liaison||2|
- Flight Global: World's Air Forces (1990)
- Frédéric Lert, Ainsi finit la Bophutatswana Air Force, magazine Le Fana de l'aviation, n° 300, November 1994