85 Combat Flying School SAAF

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85 Combat Flying School
SAAF-BAE Hawk-001.jpg
SAAF Bae Hawk Mk. 120
Active1982 - Present
Country South Africa
BranchAir Force Ensign of South Africa.svg South African Air Force
TypeJet flight-training and combat operations school
Current BaseAFB Makhado, Louis Trichardt
Motto(s)Detrimento Sumus (Destruction is our Business)[1]
AnniversariesReceived Unit colours 4 October 1988, Received national colours 1989
Aircraft used currentlyBAE Hawk Mk.120
EngagementsSWA/Angolan conflict.[1]

85 Combat Flying School is a unit of the South African Air Force (SAAF). It is a jet flight-training and combat operations school, it was first formed in 1982 at AFB Pietersburg (It was known as Advanced Flying School from 1967).[1] It relocated to AFB Hoedspruit on 1 January 1993 due to the closure of AFB Pietersburg.[1] The school also has a wartime reserve role, although it has publicly been stated that the school will not be used operationally unless a very urgent need arises.[1]

Aircraft used previously :

The school has been relocated to AFB Makhado from AFB Hoedspruit into a new purpose built facility with state-of-the-art computer-aided flight training instruments. The school shares this facility with the SAAF Gripen community.

During October 2007 there were several pilots that went solo on the Hawk Mk.120.[2]

The squadron also participated in the annual South Africa National Defence 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e History of 85 CFS, www.af.mil.za, Retrieved 2013-10-06
  2. ^ http://www.af.mil.za/news/2007/161.htm