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85 Combat Flying School


SAAF Bae Hawk Mk. 120
Active 1982 - Present
Country  South Africa
Branch Air Force Ensign of South Africa.svg South African Air Force
Type Jet flight-training and combat operations school
Current Base AFB Makhado, Louis Trichardt
Motto(s) Detrimento Sumus (Destruction is our Business) [1]
Anniversaries Received Unit colours 4 October 1988, Received national colours 1989
Aircraft used currently BAE Hawk Mk.120
Engagements SWA/Angolan conflict.[2]

85 Combat Flying School is a unit of the South African Air Force (SAAF). It is a jet flight-training and combat operations school, it was first formed in 1982 at AFB Pietersberg (It was known as Advanced Flying School from 1967).[3] It relocated to AFB Hoedspruit on 1 January 1993 due to the closure of AFB Pietersberg.[4] 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.[5]

Aircraft used previously :

The school has been 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.[6]

The squadron also participated in the annual South Africa National Defence 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.


  1. History of 85 CFS,, Retrieved 2013-10-06
  2. History of 85 CFS,, Retrieved 2013-10-06
  3. History of 85 CFS,, Retrieved 2013-10-06
  4. History of 85 CFS,, Retrieved 2013-10-06
  5. History of 85 CFS,, Retrieved 2013-10-06

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