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89 Combat Flying School
Cheetah D flight simulator
Active 1 July 1986 - 29 November 1992
Country South Africa
Branch South African Air Force
Role Fighter jet training
Garrison/HQ AFB Pietersburg[1]
Motto(s) "Exercitati delendo" (We train to kill)[1]
Aircraft flown
Fighter Atlas Cheetah D[2][3]

89 Combat Flying School is a disbanded unit of the South African Air Force, active from 1986-1992.[1][4] The unit was formed on 1 July 1986 from the Mirage Flight of 85 Combat Flying School at AFB Pietersburg and its main role was to train aircrew to fly the Dassault Mirage aircraft.[5][6]

On 26 July 1986, the school began receiving the dual seat Atlas Cheetah D aircraft and started offering a Cheetah conversion course to pilots already qualified on the Atlas Impala aircraft.[1][7][8][9] The school was the fist unit of the South African Air Force to receive the Cheetah D.[10]

89 Combat Flying School began merging with 2 Squadron SAAF on 6 November 1992, to become Training Flight, 2 Squadron.[1] Flying operations were conducted by 2 Squadron from 6 November 1992 and 89 Combat Flying School was disbanded on 29 November 1992.[1] All remaining personnel and equipment was tranferred to AFB Louis Trichardt during January 1993.[1]


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  3. Capt Colin Sparke, Cheetah Aircraft, Ad Astra magazine, Vol. 27 No.2 2007 Pg. 10
  4. African Mirages,, Retrieved 2013-10-11
  5. History of 85 CFS,, Retrieved 2013-10-11
  6. The Dassault Mirage III in South African Service,, Retrieved 2013-10-11
  7. Photo Album: Aircraft and colours of the South African Air Force,, Retrieved 2013-10-11
  8. James Michael Roherty (1992). State Security in South Africa: Civil-military Relations Under P.W. Botha. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 114–. ISBN 978-0-87332-877-7. 
  9. Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag Oorsig. Walker-Ramus. 1990. p. 323. 
  10. Cheetah Multirole Fighter Aircraft, South Africa: Development,, Retrieved 2013-10-11.

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