Unit Emblem AFB Bloemspruit


AFB Bloemspruit

 Vision and Mission

Our Mission


We prepare combat ready helicopter air capabilities 

and serve the Air Force through excellent service and infrastructure  


Our Vision


We are a respected helicopter center of excellence



Aim - to provide the services and  infrastructure required for flying operations:


Aerodrome; Workshops; Fuel Installation; Radio & Telecom; Armoury & Ammunition; Survival & Safety; T & Q Stores; Communication; Weapons Range; Photography; Accommodation; Recreation; Medical & Dental services.


Aerodrome Maint; Int & Counter Intelligence; Environmental Management; Flight Information Liaison; Fire; Personnel; Protection; Logistic; Operational;Medical; Financial and Aircraft Maintenance and repair.


 Core Business

  • All Air-to-Ground weapons training for fighter fraternity

  • Certain sections of CFS Lbwg & 80 ANS ab initio syllabus

  • Para training for Army

  • 87 HFS

  • All rotary wing training for pilots, pilot-instructors, flight A engineers and instructor flight engineers All NVG training

  • Gunnery training 

  • Mountain flying training

  • Secondary role as helicopter squadron 

  • 16 Sqn 

  • All CSH training




The emblem of AFB Bloemspruit is portrayed on the Base colours and the heraldic symbolism is as follows: 


Background. The blue background on the emblem represents a castle (fort) and the inhabitants of this fort offers protection as the custodians of all people in the area surrounding the castle (fort)


The wheat. The wheat on the emblem symbolizes the breadbasket of the area (all people in the area), which is protected by AFB Bloemspruit


Streams.  The two streams on the emblem symbolize the geographical area where AFB Bloemspruit is situated, as it is situated between Bloemspruit and Renosterspruit.


Motto:  the motto on the emblem, i.e. Ex Unitate Pax, means Peace Through Unity.



  • Flying is our business.

  • Squadrons fly, Bases support.

  • Centralised control of aircraft with dispersed execution.

  • Flexibility, mobility, quick reaction, long reach. 

  • All pilots are officers and all technicians are senior NCOs 

  • High-tech business means highly skilled highly trained workforce 

  • Flying support personnel a very stable work force

  • Very small percentage short-term personnel, no “troops”

  • High-risk high cost business - very controlled environment where safety, discipline, competencies and continuous training is a way of life 

  • Small number of integrates virtually all in supporting 



1941   - Decision to create 27 Air School in Bloemfontein district, named 27Air School Bloemspruit, with the objective to train flying crew

1951   - 8 Sqn founded as citizen force unit of 24 Sqn.  Changed to permanenT force Sqn 1959, doing all Harvard weapons training in SAAF

1968   - Multi-Engine Conversion Unit moved from Swartkop to Bloemspruit, later becoming 86MEFS, flying C47 Dakota

1978   - 87 HFS moved from Ysterplaat to Bloemspruit, operating Alouette II and III

1997   - 86 MEFS disbanded in December and moved to 44 Sqn AFB WKLF

1998   - 8 Sqn moved to AFB HSPT.

1999   - BASS close down

2000   - 6 ASU  establishment 



Why Bloemfontein of all places?

  • Low General Aviation flying intensity

  • Weapons Range within 5mins flying

  • Centre of gravity of Army

  • Geographic location

Very cost effective option for SAAF.

  • No runway & taxiways to M&R

  • No ATC & app aids to M&R

  • No extended fire service

  • Fee paid to ACSA & ATNS



    Units under Command 

  • (Personnel, Finance and Budget Administration)

  • 106 and 107 Reserve Squadrons 

  • (Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Potch and Upington) 16 and  506 Squadrons and 87 Helicopter Flying School. Vastrap Range, Upington SAAF Facility and Umtata fuel installation; 

  • Jan1999, 6 ASU established in Jan 2000, Pers Section relocated in Jan 2000

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