List of aircraft of the South African Air Force

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The following is a list of current and historic aircraft of the South African Air Force. Note that aircraft type photographs do not necessarily represent aircraft of the same mark or actual aircraft belonging to the SAAF.

Current aircraft[edit]

Aircraft Origin Role No used Notes
Saab Gripen C and D Sweden Multirole fighter 26 [1][Note 1]
British Aerospace Hawk Mk.120 UK/South Africa Trainer 24 [Note 2]
Pilatus PC-7 Mk.II Switzerland Trainer 60 [Note 3][2]
Atlas Oryx MK.I and MK.II South Africa Transport helicopter 39 [3]
Denel Rooivalk Mk.I South Africa Attack helicopter 11 [Note 4][5]
MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 Japan/Germany Utility helicopter 3-6 [6][Note 5]
Agusta A109LUH Italy Utility helicopter 29 [3]
Westland Super Lynx Mk.300 UK Maritime helicopter 4 [Note 6]
Lockheed C-130BZ Hercules US Transport 9 [3][Note 7]
Douglas C-47TP Dakota US Maritime patrol / transport / EW 10 [Note 8]
Cessna 208B US Utility / observation 11 [Note 9][9]
Beechcraft Super King Air 200/300 US Transport 4
Pilatus PC-12 Switzerland Transport 1 [Note 10]
CASA C-212-200 & 300 Aviocar Spain Transport 4
Boeing 737 US Presidential transport 1
Dassault Falcon 900 France VIP transport 1
Dassault Falcon 50 France VIP transport 2
Cessna 550 Citation US VIP transport 2

Historic aircraft[edit]

Aircraft types no longer in service.

Aircraft Origin Role Service period No. operated Notes
Aermacchi AM.3C Bosbok Italy Utility 1973–1992
Aeronca KCA US Liaison  ?
Aeronca 50C Chief US Liaison 1940-?
Aeronca 65C Super Chief US Liaison  ?
Aérospatiale SA365N Dauphin France Helicopter 1994–1998
Airspeed AS-6J Envoy UK Transport 1936–1940
Airspeed AS-10 Oxford Mk.I & II UK Trainer 1940-1950
Atlas Cheetah C, D, E South Africa Fighter 1986–2008
Aermacchi/Atlas MB.326 Impala Italy/South Africa Trainer 1966–2005
Aermacchi/Atlas C.4M Kudu Italy/South Africa Utility 1976–1991
Airco DH.4 UK Bomber 1919–1927
Airco DH.9 UK Bomber 1919–1942
Auster AOP-3, 5, 6 & 9 UK Liaison 1945-1967
Avro 504K & N UK Trainer 1919–?
Avro Avian UK Trainer  ?-1936
Avro Tutor UK Trainer 1930–1938
Avro Anson UK Trainer 1940–1947
Avro York C.1 UK Transport 1944–1952
Avro Shackleton MR.3 UK Maritime Patrol 1957–1984
Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor US Transport 1945
Beechcraft B-80 Queen Air US Transport 1975–1992
Boeing 707 US Transport 1986–2007
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I, IV & V UK Bomber 1939–1943
Bristol Beaufort I,IA, II, IIA UK Bomber 1941–1944
Bristol Beaufighter Mk.II, VI, X UK Attack 1943–1944
British Aircraft Double Eagle UK Liaison 1939–1940
Britten-Norman Islander UK Transport 1994-?
Bücker Bü 131A/B/D Jungmann Germany Trainer 1936–1939
Bücker Bü 133 Jungmeister Germany Trainer 1939-?
Canadair Sabre Mk.6 Canada Fighter 1956–1980
CASA CN-235 Spain Transport 1994-2012
Cessna C-34 Airmaster Liaison US  ?
Cessna 185A, D & E Skywagon US Liaison  ?
Cessna 320 US Transport 1965–1967
Cessna Skymaster US Transport  ?
Cessna 411 US Transport  ?
Consolidated Catalina IB/III US Maritime Patrol 1943–1946
Consolidated Liberator B.Mk.VI US Maritime Patrol 1944–1945
Curtiss Mohawk US Fighter 1941–1942
Curtiss Tomahawk, Kittyhawk & Warhawk US Fighter 1940–1948
Dassault Falcon 20 France Transport  ?
Dassault Mirage III France Fighter 1963–1990
Dassault Mirage F1AZ & CZ France Fighter 1975–1997
de Havilland DH.60 Moth/Gypsy Moth/Moth Major UK Trainer 1939-?
de Havilland DH.66 Hercules UK Transport 1934–1943
de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth UK Liaison 1939-?
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth UK Trainer 1939–1958
de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth UK Transport 1939-?
de Havilland DH.84 Dragon UK Transport 1939-?
de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth UK Liaison 1939–1943
de Havilland DH.87B Hornet Moth UK Liaison 1939–1940
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide and Dominie UK Transport 1939-?
de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly UK Transport 1939-?
de Havilland DH-94 Moth Minor UK Trainer 1939-?
de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito UK Bomber 1943–1945
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.5, FB.6, F.9 UK Fighter 1950–1978
de Havilland DH.115 Vampire T.11, T.55 UK Trainer 1953–1978
de Havilland DH.104 Dove 5 UK Transport 1949–1965
de Havilland DH.114 Heron 2 UK Transport 1955–1962
Desoutter Mk.II UK Liaison  ?
Dornier Do 27B Germany Liaison 1958–1975
Douglas Boston Mk.III US Bomber 1941–1943
Douglas Dakota US Transport 1943–?
Douglas DC-4-1009, C-54 Skymaster US Transport 1966–1994
English Electric Canberra B(1)12 UK Bomber 1963–1991
English Electric Canberra T.4 UK Trainer 1964–1991
Fairey Battle B, T, TT UK Trainer 1939–1942
Fairchild F-24G, R Argus III US Liaison 1939-?
Fieseler Fi 156C-7 Storch Germany Liaison 1946-?
General Aircraft ST-4 II Monospar UK Transport  ?
General Aircraft ST-25 Universal UK Transport  ?
Gloster Gauntlet UK Fighter 1939–1943
Gloster Gladiator Mk I & II UK Fighter 1939–1941
Gloster Survey UK Transport 1933–1942
Gloster Meteor F.3 UK Fighter 1946–1949
Hawker Hartbees Mk.I UK Bomber 1935–1940
Hawker Hart UK Bomber 1936–1944
Hawker Audax UK Fighter 1937–1944
Hawker Fury Mk.I & Mk.II UK Fighter 1936–1942
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I & II UK Fighter 1939–1945
Hawker-Siddeley HS-125 UK Transport 1970–1999
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.50 UK Bomber 1965–1991
Farman F-27 France Trainer 1915-?
Junkers A-50 Junior Germany Trainer  ?
Junkers F.13 Germany Transport  ?-1944
Junkers Ju 52-3m Germany Transport 1939–1953
Junkers Ju 86 Germany Transport 1939–1945
Klemm Kl 25 Germany Trainer  ?
Koolhoven F.K.46 Netherlands Trainer  ?
Lockheed Super Electra US Transport  ?
Lockheed Lodestar US Transport 1940–1944
Lockheed Hudson US 1940-?
Lockheed Ventura GR.V US Maritime Patrol 1942–1960
Lockheed C-130F Hercules US Transport 1997–1998
Martin Maryland Mk.I & II US Bomber 1940-1942
Martin Baltimore US Bomber 1941-1945
Martin Marauder I, II & III US Bomber 1942-1945
Miles M.2H Hawk UK Trainer 1943-?
Miles Sparrowhawk UK Trainer 1939–1941
Miles Magister UK Trainer 1940-?
Miles Master T.II UK Trainer 1941–1945
Miles Falcon UK Trainer  ?
Nord C160Z Transall France Transport 1969–1993
North American Harvard/Texan US Trainer 1942–1995
North American Mustang IIIB, IV, IVA US Fighter 1945, 1951-1952
Northrop Nomad Mk.I US Trainer 1941–1944
Percival Gull VI UK Trainer 1940-?
Piaggio P166 Albatross Italy Transport 1969–1993
Pilatus PC-6 Porter Switzerland Transport 1994–1998
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland Trainer 1994–1996
Piper J-3 US Trainer  ?
Piper J-4 Cub Coupe US Trainer  ?
Piper PA-23 Aztec 250 US Liaison 1981–1992
Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140 US Liaison 1981–1992
Rearwin Speedster US Liaison 1939-?
Rearwin Sportster US Liaison 1939-?
Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c & e UK Reconnaissance 1915–1921
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5A UK Fighter 1919–1931
Ryan ST-A US Trainer 1939-?
Short Sunderland GR.V UK Maritime Patrol 1945–1957
Sikorsky S-51 US Helicopter 1948–1968
Sikorsky Whirlwind US Helicopter 1956–1968
Simmonds Spartan UK Trainer 1925
Stinson HW-75 US Liaison  ?
Stinson SR-5A & 10C Reliant US Liaison  ?
Sud Aviation Alouette II & III France Helicopter 1960–2006
Sud Aviation SA-321L Super Frelon France Transport Helicopter 1967–1990
Sud Aviation Puma SA330C, H, J, L France Transport Helicopter 1969–1997
Supermarine Spitfire V, VIII, IX UK Fighter 1942–1954
Supermarine Spitfire PR IXe UK Reconnaissance 1947–1954
Swearingen Merlin IVA US Transport 1975–1985
Taylorcraft BC/BL/BL-65 US Liaison 1939-?
Tipsy S.2 Trainer Belgium Trainer 1939-?
Vickers Type 264 Valentia UK Transport 1940–1943
Vickers Wellesley UK Bomber 1940–1941
Vickers Wellington UK Bomber  ?-?
Vickers Warwick Mk.V UK Bomber 1945–1946
Vickers 781D Viscount UK Transport 1958–1991
WACO biplanes US Liaison  ?
Westland Scout UK Helicopter 1976–1990
Westland Wapiti UK Bomber 1931–1943
Westland Wasp HAS 1 UK Helicopter 1963–1990

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 9 Gripen D two-seaters and 17 Gripen single-seaters delivered 2008-2012, replacing Atlas Cheetahs.
  2. ^ All but first flight test and development aircraft built at Denel's factory at Johannesburg International Airport.
  3. ^ 35 have avionics upgrade. Seven lost. 18 "Astras" not upgraded to be sold
  4. ^ 1 lost to accident.[4]
  5. ^ Inherited from Apartheid-era "homelands", the Ciskei having acquired 3 in 1983, Venda 2 in 1985, Transkei 2 in 1986 and Bophuthatswana 2 in 1987, making a total of 10 with an extra delivered from Brazil. Two mothballed at AFB Bloemspruit. 3 Lost
  6. ^ Operated from South African Navy Valour class frigates.
  7. ^ Avionics upgrade under Project Ebb Completed March 2008. 4 inoperable due to funding issues.
  8. ^ Under Project Felstone, first C-47TP "TurboDak" unveiled August 1991 and completed by 1997 with production lines at AFB Swartkop and AFB Ysterplaat. Fleet constantly updated. 5 maritime patrol, 3 transport, 2 electronic warfare.
  9. ^ Fitted with Denel infrared system under Project Koiler in 2008. Two lost in 2011 and 2014.[7][8]
  10. ^ Primarily used as VIP transport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DefenceWeb - Gripens arrive at last.
  2. ^ Martin, Guy (September 2013). "SAAF PC-7 Upgrade Complete". Air International 85 (3): 26. 
  3. ^ a b c "South Africa". defenceWeb. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  4. ^ "The South African Air Force". Saairforce.co.za. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  5. ^ Final Rooivalk Handover Cements Relationship Between Denel and SAAF - Defenceweb.co.za, 13 March 2013
  6. ^ Isby, David C. (September 2013). "South African AW109's Grounded". Air International 85 (3): 41. 
  7. ^ "Caravan crash victims named". defenceWeb.co.za. defenceWeb. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  8. ^ DefenceWb - SAAF C208 crash-lands
  9. ^ "Fact file: Cessna C208 Caravan". defenceWeb. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25.