Roelf Beukes

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Roelof 'Roelf' Beukes
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Air Force
Years of service 1966 – 2005
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the South African Air Force
OC 2 Squadron SAAF

Lieutenant-General Roelf Beukes SD SM MMM is a retired South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1966 and later served as Chief of the Air Force.[1]

Military career[edit]

He attended the South African Military Academy from 1966 to 1968.[2]

He completed the Senior Command and Staff Course at Chilean Air War Academy, Santiago 1979-1980. He remained in Chile to serve as Pilot Instructor.

Aircraft Flown[edit]

During his career he flew the following aircraft:

Awards and Honours[edit]


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  2. ^ "Roelof Beukes". Who's Who SA. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Willem Hechter
Chief of the South African Air Force
2000 – 2005
Succeeded by
Carlo Gagiano
New title
GOC Air Command
1999 – 2000
Succeeded by
MP Janse van Rensburg
Preceded by
Ollie Holmes
Inspector General South African Air Force
1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
JL Somerville