Thumbs up for 85
Congratulatory messages were all that could be heard around
Makhado, near Musina, on 30 August 2007, for the solo
pilots, instructors and ground crew for their efforts in
supporting 85 Combat Flying School (CFS).
This was a great day in the lives of Maj S. G. “Prince”
Ferreira, Lt T. “T-Bone” Mashilane and Lt. “Boerboel”
Mashaba, as they finally took their first jet solos into the
sunny blue skies above Air Force Base (AFB) Makhado.
It was also a milestone for 85 CFS as the unit was
completing the test phase of the Hawk MK 120, and got down
to brass tacks by training South Africa’s future defenders
of our skies. And, not to be outdone by their future
students, Instructors Course 1/2007 took to the skies for
their first solo a few days later.
Captain Ryan “Monarch” Cokayne and Captain P. J. “Paragon”
Norden proved themselves more than capable of taking the
Hawk MK 120 into the air. All in all, this was a great month
for 85 CFS, starting with an extremely efficient and
successful weapons deployment to Bloemfontein, and ending
with not one, not two, but five solos.