- 85 Combat Flying School SAAF
85 Combat Flying School is a unit of the South African Air Force. It is currently a jet flight-training and combat operations school. The school also has a wartime reserve role, although it has publicly been stated that the school will not be used operationally unless a very urgent need arises.
- Motto: Detrimento Sumus (Destruction is our Business)
- First formed: 1 August 1972 (at AFB Pietersburg)
- Historic aircraft flown: Mirage IIIEZ/DZ/D2Z, Canadair Sabre Mk.6, Atlas Impala Mk.I/II
- Current aircraft flown: BAE Hawk Mk.120
- Current base: AFB Makhado, Louis Trichardt
The School was recently relocated to AFB Makhado from AFB Hoedspruit into a new purpose built facility with state-of-the-art computer-aided flight training instruments. The school shares this facility with the SAAF Gripen community.
During October 2007 there were several pilots that went solo on the Hawk Mk.120.
The squadron also participated in the annual SANDF force preparation exercises and fired live cannon rounds and dropped live bombs. They also had a successful weapons deployment exercise to AFB Bloemspruit in 2007.
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