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    Default Re: Air crash history- Devils Peak

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    Default Re: Air crash history- Devils Peak

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Betts View Post
    In 1970 I went to my Military Training at Air Force Gym Valhalla as I was short listed during Matric for Pilots Possibility ..400 of us Did the Medical to cut the numbers down to about 80 ..Final selection would have been 22 for Impalas at Langebaan. I made the Medical as I came TOP in the Eye exam ..No 1 out of 400..You wouldnt think so now with wearing reading glasses from 48 ..now near 70 and with familial genetic Malicullar Degeneration staring me in the face. However to cut the number down to 22 they gave us a Maths exam and sadly my expensive St Andrew's College Maths Teachers let me down and I was one of the 65 dropouts from the final cut. 'Hondeskool of Perdeskool' screamed the Sgt Major ..I choose Hondeskool and after training me and my Alsation 'Rommel' were assigned to Swartkops air base across the road from the AF Gym where I was assigned to guard at night the VIP Squadron read 4 x Mercurius Jets and a Vickers Viscount.

    It was a quiet 6 months apart from one cold night in July. Normally when a VIP like Lt Generaal Verster (Head of Airforce) or Generaal Magnus Malan (Weermag Hoof), or PW Bother (Min of Defence) or Prime Minister BJ Vorster were going to fly early the next morning their Mercurius would be left outside the Hanger already for a sunrise departure and I would be informed the evening before by the Officer on Duty. That Night when Rommel and I came on Duty there was a Mercurius on the tarmac outside the VIP Hangar and I hadnt been told. The Coffee Landy came around as usual at 20h00 driven by the Officer on Duty I waited another 30 mins to see his light in his Duty slaap kamer under the Control Tower went out and he was asleep no doubt. I took Rommel into the plane and tied him up at the back ..Poor Dog was cold Lol and I went and made myself comfortable in the front row seats. Next morning @ 05h30 I took Rommel home to his Kennel and fed him and went back to the Dog Handlers Bungalow after breakfast to sleep as we all did as we worked at night.

    08h00 we get woken up by a PF Corporal 'Who was on Beat 6?' I owned up and was asked 'Why my Dog had crapped in the Mercurius' I told them that I wasnt told that there was a flight and the door was open so as per procedure I had sent the dog in to investigate and yes he did take a longer than normal time to come out and didnt think anything of it at the time Lol what a BS story I gave him and at the end I just said 'Jammer Korporaal' I was told to RUN to the Airbase and 'Maak Skoon' the Prime Minister is leaving for Cape Town in 40 mins .. I duly did this and on my way back to sleep there came the Entourage of Big Black Cars and Escort Motor Bikes .. I stood to attention and Saluted as they went buy ..BJ Vorster oblivious to the fact that I had just cleaned his Jet of a huge Dog Crap.

    Months later all 4 of my Pet Mercurius Jets flew into Devils Peak in Cape Town and on board one was the Northern Transvaal Wing Renier Grobler who was also the Springbok left wing at the same time . Frik Du Preez also a PF Lt in the Airforce was due to fly in one of the doomed aircraft but for some reason missed the flight ..Amazing times ..happy but also sad at times

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    Default Re: Air crash history- Devils Peak

    Thanks for the story, excellent, just sorry you did get into pilot Training

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