flying school

85 Combat Flying School SAAF

85 Combat Flying School is a unit of the South African Air Force. It is currently a jet flight-training and combat operations school. The school also has a wartime reserve role. Although it has publicly been stated that they will not be used operationally unless a very urgent need arises.

The School was recently relocated to AFB Makhado from AFB Hoedspruit into a new purpose built facility with state of the art computer aided flight training instruments. They share this facility with the SAAF Gripen community.

During October 2007 there were several pilots that went solo on the Hawk Mk120.

The squadron also participated in the annual SANDF force preparation exercises and fired live cannon rounds and dropped live bombs. They also had a successful weapons deployment exercise to AFB Bloemspruit in 2007.

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