|AFB Waterkloof passenger terminal.|
|Control tower at AFB Waterkloof with a South African Air Force Saab JAS 39 Gripen in the foreground.|
|IATA: WKF – ICAO: FAWK|
|Operator||South African Air Force|
|Location||Centurion, Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Elevation AMSL||4,940 ft / 1,506 m|
Air Force Base Waterkloof (IATA: WKF, ICAO: FAWK) is an airbase of the South African Air Force. It is situated on the outskirts of Pretoria, and is the SAAF's busiest airbase. The base's name, Waterkloof, is Afrikaans. It means Water Ravine in English. Despite the name, this base is not located in Waterkloof, Pretoria, but lies to the south of Pretoria, 4.34 nmi (8.04 km) to the northeast of Centurion, Gauteng and 3.37 nmi (6.24 km) from AFB Swartkop, at an elevation of 1506 metres (4940 ft).
The base motto is Acquirit Qui Tuetur (He Obtains Who Defends).
Units Hosted[edit | edit source]
- 21 Squadron - VIP transport
- 28 Squadron - Medium transport
- 41 Squadron - Light transport
- 44 Squadron - Light transport
- 60 Squadron - In-flight refuelling, transport, EW/ELINT/AEW
- 111 Squadron - Light transport (reserve)
- 140 Squadron - Light transport (reserve)
- 504 Squadron - Security
- 5 Air Servicing Unit - Maintenance support
- Central Photographic Institute - Photographic services
- JARIC, (Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre) The SANDF National Imagery Exploitation Centre - Strategic Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) support
- Mobile Deployment Wing - Emergency response
- SAAF Telecommunications Centre - Communications
History[edit | edit source]
The base was officially opened on 1 August 1938 as Waterkloof Air Station. Since that time it has always been in the service of the SAAF. It was upgraded to Air Force Base during WWII.
Aviation[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "Waterkloof Airbase". Global Security. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/rsa/waterkloof.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
References[edit | edit source]
- "World Aeronautical Database". http://www.worldaerodata.com/wad.cgi?id=SF13987&sch=fawk. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
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- Waterkloof page on the unofficial website of the South African Airforce Checked 29 March 2012
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