War Diary 2004
41 Squadron was actively involved in various operations
throughout 2004 where the aircraft were utilised in most of our
roles. This included a total of 15 International Flights into the
African sub-continent, 15 casualty evacuation flights that included
one to Madagascar, 5 air shows and various IP and VIP flights
internally. A maritime reconnaissance sortie was also flown in
assisting 35 Squadron and the SA Navy in Cape Town.
The international destinations included the following:
3 Sorties to Mahajanga and Antananarivo (Madagascar).
4 Sorties to Maseru (Lesotho)
1 Sortie to Nacala (Mozambique)
3 Sorties to Burundi (2 via Entebbe, Uganda)
1 Sortie to Harare (Zimbabwe)
1 Sortie to Kinshasa (DRC)
2 Sorties to Gaberone (Botswana)
1 Sortie to Walvis Bay (Namibia)
The Squadron took part in the Presidential Inauguration and 10
years of Democracy fly-pasts as well as many other notable parades
in the Pretoria area. C208 Air Displays were given at the following
Air Shows throughout the country:
SAAFA Tempe Warbird Extravaganza
2-3 July 2004.
The Klerksdorp Airshow 12-26
The Roodewal Airpower
Demonstration 25-26 August 2004.
AAD 2004 AFB Waterkloof 21-25
The Port Elizabeth Airshow 28-31
The Squadron had active roles in the following operations and
Squadron flying operations were moved to AFB Swartkop from April
to October 2004 in order to facilitate the completion of the
upgrading of the operational areas of AFB Waterkloof before AAD in
September 2004. Work in progress on the runways, taxiways and
compass swing bay as well as the laying of new roads and pipelines
constituted a major flight safety risk. Squadron administration and
logistic support continued from AFB Waterkloof. Although the split
in the operations was extremely challenging, the squadron managed to
maintain a record high workload. The restrictions in recovering
aircraft to AFB Waterkloof for servicing caused a low serviceability
level that will result in low mission readiness until June 2005.
41 Squadron flew a total of 4514.7 hours from 01 January to 31
December 2004, maintaining an average of 9.4 mission ready aircraft
every day (59%). The shortage of air and ground crews required
meticulous planning and scheduling in order to attain the high
figures. The following graph depicts the total hours flown per
aircraft type for each month.