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The Aircraft Depot was established at Roberts Heights, near Pretoria, under Capt I. Welch, on 1 January 1920, as the Aircraft and Artillery Depot and is the SAAF's oldest establihed unit. During the Miners Strike in 1922, the SAAF also deployed a Whippet tank of the Aircraft and Artillery Depot. in which Air Corporal W.J. Johns was killed when a bullet pierced the visor of the armoured vehicle. In the late twenties and early thirties the foundations were laid for the South African military aviation industry, when certain modifications and major rebuilding were carried out at the Aircraft and Artillery Depot at Robert Heights. A license was obtained to build Westland Wapitis and the first locally built aircraft took to the air on 4 April 1931. In 1941, 5 Air Depot was absorbed into 1 Air Depot. A significant milestone was reached on 30 December 1979 when a World War 2 German Fieseler Storch completed its maiden post-war flight following restoration by 1 and 15 Air Depots at Voortrekkerhoogte. In 1993, 1 Air Depot was awarded with the Silver Certificate for productivity improvement. It became 1 Air Servicing Unit (1 ASU) around 1999.
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