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91 Tactical Airfield Unit*

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In 1966, a Cessna and Alouette III Hellicopter were operating out of a man-made airstrip near the newly completed Hospital at Rundu and the aircrew and ground crews were temporarily accomodated in the hospital. In 1968, the aircraft and aircrews were moved to the Rundu airfield and only in 1970, were the first brick buildings built at the airfield. With the official establishment of 1 Air Component, the Rundu airfield became known as 1 Air Base Unit. On 1 August 1972, the Unit started to expand and became 91 Tactical Airfield Unit (91 TAU). On 1 April 1979, the Unit was upgraded to Air Base status and became known as Air Force Base Rundu. The men of the Tactical Airfield Units (TAU) were also the sappers of the SAAF when an airfield needed to be established - by extending and upgrading an existing runway, or hacking a new one out of virgin bush.


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In 1966, a Cessna and Alouette III Hellicopter were operating out of a man-made airstrip near the newly completed Hospital at Rundu and the aircrew and ground crews were temporarily accomodated in the hospital. In 1968, the aircraft and aircrews were moved to the Rundu airfield and only in 1970, were the first brick buildings built at the airfield. With the official establishment of 1 Air Component, the Rundu airfield became known as 1 Air Base Unit. On 1 August 1972, the Unit started to expand and became 91 Tactical Airfield Unit (91 TAU). On 1 April 1979, the Unit was upgraded to Air Base status and became known as Air Force Base Rundu. The men of the Tactical Airfield Units (TAU) were also the sappers of the SAAF when an airfield needed to be established - by extending and upgrading an existing runway, or hacking a new one out of virgin bush.


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