| 17 Squadron SAAF - (4 members)
17 Squadron (17 SQN) [Afr: 17 Eskader] was formed at Swartkop on 1 Sep 1939, but was disbanded on 1 Dec that year. Reformed on 8 Oct 1942 as a general reconnaissance squadron in Egypt and Palestine, the squadron was disbanded at Brooklyn (now Ysterplaat) on 31 Mar 1946. Reformed in Cape Town on 1 Jun 1947, the squadron was once again disbanded in 1955, only to be reformed again at Langebaanweg on 1 Dec 1957 for air-sea rescue duties. In Dec 1960 the squadron received the Alouette II and in mid-1961 moved to Ysterplaat. Alouette IIIs were received in 1962, with A flight stationed in Pretoria and B Flight at Bloemfontein, while C Flight and Training Flight remained at Ysterplaat. In 1971, C Flight formed the nucleus for the reformed 16 Squadron. 17 Squadron and its two Flights eventually found it's home at AFB Swartkop. A Puma flight was added in 1992, but in 1994 they were replaced by the new Oryx. However, the last two Pumas were only retired in 1997. Following the 1994 elections, 17 Squadron acquired the SA 365N Dauphin, formerly of the Bophuthatswana (Homeland) Defence Force, for VIP duties, before being disposed of. The squadron currently flies the A109 LUH and Oryx helicopters.
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