CANADAIR CL-13B SABRE MK VI SERIAL 361

No. 2 Squadron flew the North American F-86F Sabre during the Korean War in 1952 and 1953.  In 1956, thirty-four Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk VI aircraft having the serial numbers 350 to 383, were purchased from Canadair Ltd, Montreal, Canada to equip 1 and 2 Squadron. 

CANADAIR CL-13B SABRE MK VI SERIAL 367

The SAAF's use of the Sabre jets started during the Korean War when 2 Squadron had their Mustangs replaced by North American F86F-30 Sabre jets.  This was due to the high regard and respect that the SAAF pilots had achieved with their tenacity in the ground attack role with Mustangs. 

ATLAS CHEETAH C SERIAL NUMBER 324 (SPOTTY)

CHEETAH DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND

The Atlas Cheetah programme grew out of South Africa's requirement for a modern fighter and strike aircraft during the 1980s.  There was a need for more advanced aircraft to attain an edge over the ever more sophisticated Soviet aircraft such as the MiG-23 being supplied to Angolan and Cuban forces and used against the South African Forces during the Border War. 

CHEETAH E SERIAL 842 (C/N BB-1806)

South Africa performed an update to their Mirages along the lines of that of the Kfir and incorporating some Israeli-built kit.  In 1986, Atlas Aircraft Corporation of South Africa (later Atlas aviation and finally Denel Aviation) rolled out a refurbished Mirage III machine named the "Cheetah".  The Cheetah E is a single seat, multi-role, all-weather fighter version of the Cheetah D. 

ATLAS CHEETAH R-855 ADVANCED COMBAT WING (ACW)

CHEETAH R

The Cheetah R was a feasibility study into an extension of the Cheetah upgrade programme to include a specialist reconnaissance aircraft model while the upgrading of the Mirage III airframes to Cheetah standard was in progress.  Equipped with a Snecma Atar 9K50-engine, Mirage IIIR2Z 855, was chosen as the basis for the upgrade. 

MIKOYAN MIG-21BIS FISHBED-L:  C-340

The MiG 21 series Single seat fighter/strike aircraft was developed from a series of prototypes built from 1955.  The first early series MiG 21 aircraft went into service in 1957.  The final series was the MiG 21 bis with more powerful motor and updated electronics and examples of these were employed by the Air Forces of both Angola and Mozambique.

MIRAGE F1 AZ SERIAL 235

Dubbed as the "world's fastest dairy truck" due to her colour scheme, this aircraft was used as an avionics technology demonstrator that included systems testing of a completely locally developed avionics suite.

MIRAGE IIICZ 805 (C/NO. 158F)

The SAAF was severely hampered by economic sanctions imposed against the country during 1977 and had to rely on a limited number of outdated aircraft for its primary mission, the Defence of the RSA.  During this same period, forces hostile to the RSA in neighbouring countries continued to be supplied with the most modern and state-of-the-art Soviet and Eastern Bloc weaponry and aircraft.

MIRAGE IIIRZ SERIAL 838

838 operating with 2 Squadron Based at Air Force Base Hoedspruit was purchased as a Reconnaissance Fighter.  Equipped with only 2 x 30mm cannons for self defence and long range supersonic wing and belly fuel tanks for extended range, the Mirage IIIRZ , painted in standard Bush war camouflage scheme, was used specifically for carrying out detailed tactical reconnaissance of selected targets as well as post strike assessment of damage inflicted by SAAF air strikes on enemy targets.

CANADAIR CL-13B SABRE MK VI SERIAL 361

No. 2 Squadron flew the North American F-86F Sabre during the Korean War in 1952 and 1953.  In 1956, thirty-four Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk VI aircraft having the serial numbers 350 to 383, were purchased from Canadair Ltd, Montreal, Canada to equip 1 and 2 Squadron.  Sabre 361 was built during December 1955 and allocated the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) serial number 23680 but this number was never used.

Mustang F-51D "Patsy Dawn" Serial Number 325

The Mustang aircraft is not new to the South African Air Force as early models of this British initiated, American built fighter, served with distinction in 5 Squadron while operating in North Africa, Italy and Yugoslavia during World War Two (1939-1945).  When the South African Government committed a Squadron to the United Nations Forces in Korea, in 1950, 2 Squadron (The Flying Cheetah's) was selected to join the fray with Spitfires.