From Fledgling to Eagle: The South African Air Force during the Border War

From Fledgling to Eagle: The South African Air Force during the Border War

by Dick Lord

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ISBN-13: 9781928359074
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers
Publication date: 06/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Brigadier-General Dick Lord joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a fighter pilot. Flying Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens, he served on board the aircraft carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and Ark Royal on cruises around the world. In the mid ’60s, he was selected for a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy, flying A4 Skyhawks and F4 Phantoms out of San Diego, California. He returned to South Africa in early ’70s and joined the South African Air Force (SAAF), flying Impalas, Sabres and Mirage IIIs. During the Border War, he commanded 1 Squadron, flying Mirage F1AZs into Angola, followed by running air force operations out of Oshikati, Windhoek and SAAF Headquarters in Pretoria. A highlight of his career was organizing the successful fly-past of 76 aircraft for Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994.

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