AIRCRAFT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE

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This amazing book - magnificently illustrated with photographs, Squadron's crests and silhouette drawings - depicts the aircraft in the South African Air Force, from the First World War to the late 1970's.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dedicated copy, Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Very Good
Number of pages 180
Published date 1980
Languages English
Size 23 x 29 x 2 cm
Author Herman Potgieter - Willem Steenkamp
Editor C. Struik ( Pty ) Ltd

Description

Whether it is a Mirage F1 leaving graceful vapour trails across South Africa's skies, a sturdy Avro - Shackleton storm - buffeted above grey waves on a maritime patrol, or a camouflaged Puma slamming itself down in a cloud of dust somewhere in the operational area, the planes of the South African Air Force and the men who fly them are rated the best in Africa.

 

With that sort of reputation, it is no wonder that the S.A.A.F. has been the subject of intense interest by air enthusiasts the world over, but now for the first time the whole story has been put between the covers of a book. ( ... ) For aircraft spotters and the more technically minded, there are silhouette drawings and fact - sheets detailing engines, sizes, ranges, armaments, general capability, camouflage and markings.

 

Nor has the S.A.A.F.'s proud past been neglected ; a history of the S.A.A.F. from the wooden prop biplane days just after the First World War to its sophisticated present - day punch rounds out a volume that will warm the pride of every pilot, be he airborne or an armchair dreamer.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Herman Potgieter - Willem Steenkamp

Herman Potgieter ( January 27th, 1945 - February 13th, 1998 ) was born in Vryheid ( former Natal Province, present day KwaZulu - Natal, South Africa ). He was a leading South African photographer who has won numerous national and international awards for his work, which covered a wide range of subjects. He was best known, however, for his magnificent studies of aircraft and was acknowledged as one of the world's most talented photographers in this field. 


His highly successful Aircraft of the South African Air Force, published to great acclaim in 1980, enabled a wide readership to appreciate the skill and artistry of his work. Employed for many years by a leading group of magazines, he had been a freelancer since 1983. 


Herman Potgieter ( along with several other journalists ) was killed when a Pilatus PC - 12 in which he was travelling from Switzerland to South Africa came down in heavy mist 30 kilometres out of Nairobi ( Kenya ). They were travelling from the game reserve at Masai Mara to Nairobi to join a sister ship which had experienced problems en route. 


( sources : Internet, AVIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA, groups.google.com )

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