n Journal for Contemporary History - Enkele aantekeninge oor die militêre struktuur en prosesse van die Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag (SALM) gedurende die Grensoorlog

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



This was the first war that the South African Air Force had to fight on its own as an air force. The SAAF participated in World War I and II as part of the Allied Forces and in Korea. All these conflicts could be referred to as conventional wars. The Border War (1966-1989) in which it was about to participate, was an unconventional war, thus the SAAF had to implement numerous new structures and processes to maintain the operational standards that were needed. Problems to overcome were many. To name but a few: The SAM-missile systems that were used by the enemy; the relatively small and underequipped Air Force that had to face a stronger, a growing and eventually better equipped enemy; flying conditions that were, to say the least, not conducive to the relaxation of the pilot and the introduction of night attacks by the "vlamgatte" (jet fighter pilots). But this was still a war and the SAAF had to adapt to the new challenges that were facing it.

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