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  • south africa 15 squadron

    Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag


    South African Air Force

    1939 to present    





    Helicopters

    15 squadron
    Motto: Aquila Petit Ardua(The Eagle Seeks the Heights)

    During the sixties new types of helicopters were also introduced to the South African Air Force, including the Alouette II and III light helicopters, the SA 330C Puma and SA 321L Super Frelon medium transport helicopter as well as the Westland Wasp light anti-submarine helicopter. The Oryx helicopter is a medium lift helicopter that is normally employed in trooping, sea and land rescues, external load lifting and specialist night operation roles. 15 Squadron has distinguished itself in the field of civilian aid rendering and has in the past repeatedly placed the South African Air Force on the front covers in this regard. These operations include the assistance rendered during Cyclone Demonia in 1984, the Oceanos sea rescues in 1991, the snow rescues in Lesotho in 1996, as well as the Mozambique floods rescues in 1997. This unit also became notorious during the Angolan Bush War as a competent casevac force. In the late eighties, Atlas in South Africa started to develop the TP-1 Oryx helicopter and in January 1989 a Flight, namely E Flight, was equipped at Air Force Base Swartkop. In January 1991 this flight was transferred to Air Force Base Louis Trichardt, with Alouette III helicopters added to its inventory. In January 1992 the whole of 19 Squadron was transferred to Air Force Base Louis Trichardt.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1981/    AFB DurbanFADN
    1968/81AFB SwartkopFASK



    Models

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    YearsModels
    1994/    Bk117
    1968/90SA321L Super Frelon
    Oryx




    Construction Numbers (Not all in this unit)

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    001 oryx 1200: SAAF 1st prototype
    01 oryx 1201: SAAF
    02 oryx 1202: SAAF
    03 oryx 1203: SAAF
    04 oryx 1204: SAAF
    05 oryx 1205: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.
    06 oryx 1206: SAAF
    07 oryx 1207: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.; Dec96 19Sqn.
    08 oryx 1208: SAAF
    09 oryx 1209: SAAF
    10 oryx 1210: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.; Dec96 19Sqn.
    11 oryx 1211: SAAF TP-1 Oryx; 17 sqn
    12 oryx 1212: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.; Dec96 19Sqn.
    13 oryx 1213: SAAF
    1213: pictured in Democratic Rep Congo in support of operations against Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) re...
    14 oryx 1214: SAAF; Dec96 19Sqn.
    15 oryx 1215: SAAF; Dec96 19Sqn.
    16 oryx 1216: SAAF; Dec96 19Sqn.
    17 oryx 1217: SAAF
    18 oryx 1218: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.
    19 oryx 1219: SAAF; Dec96 19Sqn.
    20 oryx 1220: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.
    21 oryx 1221: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.; Dec96 19Sqn.
    22 oryx 1222: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.
    23 oryx 1223: SAAF
    24 oryx 1224: SAAF
    25 oryx 1225: SAAF
    26 oryx 1226: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.
    27 oryx 1227: SAAF; 1995 19Sqn.
    28 oryx 1228: SAAF; Dec96 19Sqn.
    29 oryx 1229: SAAF
    30 oryx 1230: SAAF
    31 oryx 1231: SAAF
    32 oryx 1232: SAAF
    33 oryx 1233: SAAF
    34 oryx 1234: SAAF
    35 oryx 1235: SAAF
    36 oryx 1236: SAAF
    1236: 22 Sqn at AFB Ysterplaat; w/o 10 hit wires put up recently and not marked +
    37 oryx 1237: SAAF
    38 oryx 1238: SAAF Antarctic type; visit Buenos Aires, Argentina on SAS Drakensberg (A3+
    39 oryx 1239: SAAF
    40 oryx 1240: SAAF
    41 oryx 1241: SAAF
    42 oryx 1242: SAAF
    43 oryx 1243: SAAF; 1995 15Sqn.
    44 oryx 1244: SAAF; 1995 15Sqn.
    45 oryx 1245: SAAF
    46 oryx 1246: SAAF
    47 oryx 1247: SAAF
    48 oryx 1248: SAAF 15 sqd. w/o 21nov07
    49 oryx 1249: SAAF 22 sqd. w/o 01jul04
    109 sa321L 301:
    111 sa321L 302:
    115 sa321L 303: w/o
    119 sa321L 304:
    121 sa321L 305: SAAF 15 sqd. w/o
    185 sa321L 305:
    124 sa321L 306:
    127 sa321L 307:
    128 sa321L 308: SAAF; 20jul11 pictured preserved in Meyerton near Vereeniging in detoriati+
    129 sa321L 309: Museum Swartkop
    132 sa321L 310: ex F-ZKBC
    133 sa321L 311: ex F-ZKBN
    135 sa321L 312:
    139 sa321L 313: ex F-ZKBO
    140 sa321L 314: preserved Museum Ysterplaat. ex F-ZKBK
    142 sa321L 315: SAAF 15 sqd. ex F-ZKBK. w/o
    143 sa321L 316:
    7049 bk117a3 380: SAAF 15 sqd. ex D-HBMX
    MBB D-HBMX: MBB toward VDF-010
    - VDF-010: VDF ex D-HBMX toward 380
    7075 bk117a3 381: SAAF 15 sqd. ex D-HBNW
    MBB D-HBNW: MBB toward VDF-020
    - VDF-020: VDF ex D-HBNW toward 381
    7076 bk117a3 382: SAAF. ex ZS-HRR
    - ZS-HRR: TFD toward 382
    7066 bk117a3 383: SAAF 15 sqd. ex ZS-HRJ. w/o mar03
    - ZS-HRJ: TDF toward 383
    7053 bk117a1 384: SAAF 15 sqd. ex D-HBNA
    MBB D-HBNA: MBB toward ZS-HND
    - ZS-HND: CDF ex D-HBNA toward 384
    7046 bk117a1 385: SAAF 15 sqd. ex D-HBMU
    MBB D-HBMU: MBB toward ZS-HNC
    - ZS-HNC: CDF ex D-HBMU toward 385
    7034 bk117a1 386: SAAF. ex D-HBMI
    386: by Jun 2008 in storage at AFB Durban, still there Jun 2010
    MBB D-HBMI: MBB toward ZS-HMP
    - ZS-HMP: CDF ex D-HBMI toward 386
    7117 bk117a3 387: SAAF 15 sqd. ex ZS-HRV
    387: 2014 appear in Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines movie
    - ZS-HRV: toward T250
    - T250: BDF ex ZS-HRV toward 387
    7118 bk117a3 388: SAAF 15 sqd
    388: stored at Bloemspruit AFB by
    - ZS-HRW: South Africa, test serial D-HBCM
    - T260: Bophuthatswana Defence Force (BDF), to SAAF
    7114 bk117a4 389: SAAF 15 sqd. ex PT-HJD. w/o 20aug03
    77 C/N found in this Organisation.


    Operations


    DatesOperation
    04-aug-9104-aug-91 Rescue of mv Oceanos Cruise Liner




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