A gathering of SAAF Cheetahs - Part 2 other participants

A gathering of SAAF Cheetahs - Part 2 other participants

Postby comet4 on Tue 09 Apr 2013, 3:10 pm

On a visit to Cape Town in 2001, I was told about an open day at Langebaanweg AFB which is on the west coast, north of Cape Town. I don't think that it can have been advertised because there were only a few dozen people there! Not that I'm complaining, as the aircraft were lined up without barriers and with free access to visitors.
The main attraction was the SAAF Cheetahs. As you are probably aware, these were local upgrades of the Mirage III's.
This first set shows some of the Cheetah C's ,which were the single seaters. They included Cheetah 342, known locally as "Spotty" for obvious reasons, which also gave a display. This aircraft is now in the SAAF Museum at Swartkop near Pretoria.

Graham

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Re: A gathering of SAAF Cheetahs

Postby capercaillie on Wed 10 Apr 2013, 11:41 am

Great post, would loved to have seen them, especially the Cheetah Cheetah. :clap:
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Re: A gathering of SAAF Cheetahs

Postby TonyO on Wed 10 Apr 2013, 11:57 am

An aircraft that just looked right, would love to have seen one of these operational! Great stuff!
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Re: A gathering of SAAF Cheetahs - Part 2 other participants

Postby comet4 on Sat 13 Apr 2013, 9:25 pm

As well as the single seat Cheetah C's there were also some 2-seat Cheetah D's. There was a display by 4 Astras (PC-7's) and several single seat Impala II's in the static.
I have also added pictures of the 3 gate guards.

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