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The South African aviation scene during 1974 and movements at FACT from January to December 1974 and at FAGM and FAJS on 2 September 1974


INTRODUCTION

In this article movements at DF Malan Airport (ICAO code FACT; several visits), Rand Airport (ICAO code FAGM) and Jan Smuts Airport (ICAO code FAJS) and visits to the Salt River scrapyard as well as events of historical interest for the period January to December 1974 are covered.
 
DF MALAN AIRPORT DURING THE PERIOD 1974 TO 1979
 
Personal views/observations
 
Before I had my own car (I got my first car in 1979) I travelled by train to Cape Town and used the South African Airways (SAA) bus to go to FACT (in those days SAA provided its own bus service between the Mother City and the airport). Generally I would spend some time at the terminal building and then walk to the general-aviation area and return to the terminal building.
 
Unrestricted photography
 
Those were the good old days without any glazing on the viewing balconies of the terminal building to make photography difficult and with a more tolerable attitude towards photography. As terrorism was not yet the major problem it has since become, people could afford to be more relaxed.
 
Infrastructure
 
The terminal building had a domestic, international and freight section and there were at least three viewing balconies (one on a lower level, one on an upper level and one to the side of the terminal building – towards the general-aviation area) in the domestic section. In addition, there were the SAA technical area (also used by for instance Aerolineas Argentinas aircraft between flights) and the general-aviation area, where all the local private aircraft and operators could be found. Private aircraft also used the apron to the side of the freight section or the apron to the side of the domestic terminal.


The Aerolineas Argentinas B707 is parked opposite the international terminal and the Starlifter is parked on the freight apron.


Note the two open balconies towards the left of the pole.


The open balcony on the left provides views of the apron towards the general-aviation area (see image below).


The apron towards the side of the terminal building.
 
For reference purposes regarding movements I have divided FACT into the following sections:
 
  • The main apron is the whole parking area in the vicinity of the domestic and international terminal used by airliners, large visiting aircraft and smaller visiting aircraft.
  • The general-aviation area is subdivided into:
1 Air Cape area (Air Cape hangars and aprons close to the taxiway)
2 Cape Aero Services area
3 Court area
4 Cape Aero Club area (the apron in front of the clubhouse)
5 Grass area (between the taxiway and the SAA technical area)
 

4: Cape Aero Club area; the Air Cape Area is towards the left.

Overseas, domestic and regional movements
 

Although the domestic scene was dominated by SAA, local airlines included Air Cape and Namaqualand Airservice. Other airlines visiting FACT included South West Airways, which undertook regular regional flights to Cape Town. Many visiting aircraft from other provinces in South Africa as well as elsewhere in Africa were regularly seen at FACT and the Hercules freighters of Safair also called at FACT. The Dakotas of 25 Squadron (located at AFB Ysterplaat) of the South African Air Force (SAAF) also made regular landings and takeoffs at FACT. In 1974 Beagle Pup SE-FGT was seen at FACT several times before it became ZS-IZO.


Namaqualand Airservice
 

25 Squadron Dakota

Local residents
 
Both Air Cape and Namaqualand Airservice used FACT as base. Local residents also included Court Helicopters, the ambulance aircraft of the SA Red Cross Society, the Good Hope Flying Club and numerous private aircraft. The South African Air Force (SAAF) also had a base opposite the terminal building (35 Squadron’s Shackletons and 27 Squadron’s Albatrosses). Air Cape and Cape Aero Services had their own hangars.
 
1974

11 SQUADRON SAAF REFORMED
 
B Flight 42 Squadron of the SAAF was redesignated as 11 Squadron, which was reformed as an Army co-operation unit at Air Force Station Potchefstroom on 2 January 1974. The unit was equipped with Cessna 185s (see McLean 2005).
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 26 JANUARY 1974

COLUMNS: REGISTRATION, TYPE, AREA and REMARKS
 
SE-FGT Beagle Pup Air Cape Beagle B.121 Pup 150 construction number 055; first flight 14 May 1969; delivered 6June 1969 to Swedair as SE-FGT; sold to Ljungbyheds Flygklubb in June 1969; ; impounded in Tanzania for 10 weeks in 1973 during a flight from Biggin Hill to South Africa; owned by TD Sergeant, Cape Town, and damaged there 24 July 1974;.Beagle Aircraft, a Production History, compiled by the Midland Counties Aviation Research Group; became ZS-IZO in August 1974


Beagle B.121 Pup 150 SE-FGT (construction number 055) was seen at DF Malan Airport (ICAO code FACT) a few times before it became ZS-IZO in August 1974.
 
ZS-CFF Navion Cape Aero Services North American 4 Navion ZS-CFF has the construction number NAV-4-832 and the previous identities ZS-CAF and N8832H (see Air-Britain 1981).
ZS-DLT Ce 170 Air Cape

Registered in May 1955, ex A2-ZEX, ZS-DLT, N2951D.
  Ce 310 Air Cape Air Cape titles (ZS-EEF or ZS-FPV)
  PA-28 Cape Aero Services possibly ZS-EKB
ZS-EUM2 Musketeer Air Cape

Beech A23-24 Musketeer Super. Registered March 1967, construction number MA-133. 
ZS-FAE Navion Cape Aero Services

ZS-FAE and ZS-CFF

ZS-FAE is a North American 4 Navion with the construction number NAV-4-85. Registered in March 1968, ex ZS-CAE, N8852H (see Air-Britain 1981).

North American 4 Navion ZS-CFF has the construction number NAV-4-832 and the previous identities ZS-CAF and N8832H (see Air-Britain 1981).
 
ZS-IJC BN-2A Cape Aero Services Rennies


This Rennies Britten-Norman BN-2A-3 Islander received the construction number 253, previous identities G-AYPL and G-51-253 and was registered as ZS-IJC in March 1971. Subsequently it reverted to G-AYPL (in June 1977). See Air-Britain 1981.

Also see the image of this aircraft at 7 April.
ZS-INP Duke Air Cape

Beech A60 Duke, construction number P-183. Registered February 1972, ex N9588D.
ZS-IUJ Ce 182   

Cessna 182P, construction number 61434. Registered in November 1972, ex N9679G.
ZS-NLF PA-39   Registered to Jowells Transport of Springbok in Namaqualand (Joe Jowell was the owner of Namakwaland Lugdiens/Namaqualand Airservice); not clear if wearing titles
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 2 FEBRUARY 1974
 
ZS-BSZ Navion Air Cape ZS-BSZ is a North American 4 Navion (construction number NAV-4-651; ex NC8651H) and was registered in June 1947. See Air-Britain 1981 and Simpson 
ZS-CLP PA-23 Cape Aero Services This Piper PA-23 Apache 160, with the construction number 23-1417, was registered in April 1959, crashed at FACT on 18 June 1974, was scrapped in 1976 and was cancelled in April 1976. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-EDF Ce 337 Air Cape Cessna 337 construction number 0118; registered April 1965, ex N2218X. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-EDX C-47 Air Cape When C-47A-30-DL (Long Beach production) of Air Cape (construction number 9452) started life, it was allocated the US serial number 42-23590. Other identities before being registered ZS-EDX on 24 June 1965 comprised VH-INE, CF-JIP and CF-CAR. See Gradidge 1984 and Pearcy 1988.
ZS-ERO Ce 182 Air Cape Cessna 182J construction number 57614; registered November 1966, ex N2414Q: See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-EXV PA-28 Cape Aero Services Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee construction number 28-22827; registered May 1967. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-EYL PA-28 Air Cape Piper PA-28-140B Cherokee construction number 28-25098; registered September 1970, ex ZS-FTN. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-FDX PA-28R Cape Aero Services Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow construction number 28R-30093; registered December 1967. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-FEO PA-24 General-aviation area Piper PA-24-250 Comanche construction number 24-2457; registered October 1967, ex CR-AHH. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-FVP PA-30 General-aviation area Air Cape logo

This Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche 160C has the construction number 30-1824 and is ex N8680Y. I was registered in 1969 and carried am Air Cape logo during this period. See Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-GSK L100-20 Cape Aero Services Safair

A Lockheed L100-20 382E-25C Hercules, the machine was allotted the construction number 4385 and was operated by Safair (named "Boland"). See Olausson 1979.
ZS-IEO PA-28 Cape Aero Services Piper PA-28-140C Cherokee construction number 28-26703; registered July 1970, ex N5871U. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-IEV PA-28 Cape Aero Services Piper PA-28-140D Cherokee construction number 28-7125041; registered in 1970. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-NLA PA-23 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice

Piper PA-23 Apache 160 construction number 23-1701 (ex ZS-CLO) of Namaqualand Airservice was originally registered ZS-NLA in July 1970. See Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-NLB Ce 310 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice

Namaqualand Airservice Cessna 310N (1968 model) was registered in February 1972, had the construction number 0052 and was previously registered ZS-FFG and N4152Q. See Air-Britain 1981 and Simpson 2005.
ZS-NLG PA-31 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice

This Piper PA-31 Navajo (construction number 31-303; ex ZS-FNA, N9235Y) was registered in October 1973. Namaqualand Airservice operated the aircraft. See Simpson 2005Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-NLH PA-30 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice

Built as a Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche 160 with the construction number 30-736, ZS-NLH had the former identities ZS-FZR, CR-AJR, ZS-EIU, VQ-ZIS and N7658Y. As the machine had no titles at the time, I am not sure if it was already with Namaqualand Airservice. See Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-RCS2 PA-23 Air Cape SA Red Cross

The SA Red Cross used this Piper PA-23 Aztec 250D (construction number 27-4519; ex ZS-IKF, N13935; registered in February 1971). See Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-SAM B747 Main apron SAA

South African Airways operated several Boeing 747-244Bs, including construction number 20238, line number 158. ZS-SAM had its first flight on 1971-12-05 and was delivered to SAA on 1971-12-13, where it was named "Drakensberg". The aircraft was retired on 1988-08-13. See Eastwood and Roach 1997 and Air-Britain 1981
 
FIRST FLIGHT OF THE ATLAS KUDU

The prototype of the Atlas C4M Kudu (ZS-IZF) flew for the first time on 16 February 1974 (see Jane’s 1975 – 1976 and 1976 – 1977).

MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 16 FEBRUARY 1974
 
  S-55 Court two airframes



 
F-BRLI GY 80-180 Air Cape construction number 259

One of the foreign aircraft seen at FACT was this SOCATA GY-80 Horizon 180 with the construction number 259. It was registered in April 1969. See Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1977.
SE-FGT Beagle Pup Air Cape See 26 January.
ZS-BSZ Navion General-aviation area  
ZS-CFF Navion Cape Aero Services See 26 January.
ZS-CYX Bonanza D50E Air Cape Air Cape logo


On the left is ZS-CYX and on the right Cessna 310 ZS-FVP. The Bonanza sports an Air Cape logo, is a Beechcraft D50E Twin Bonanza ZS-CYX, has the construction number DH-343 and was one of the last Twin Bonanzas built. The Twin Bonanza was registered in November 1962. See Simpson 2005, Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1981.

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche 160C ZS-FVP has the construction number 30-1824 and is ex N8680Y. It was registered in 1969 and carried an Air Cape logo during this period. See Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-DLH PA-22 Air Cape  
ZS-DLT Ce 170 Air Cape See 26 January.
ZS-DMD PA-23 Cape Aero Services

Piper PA-23 Apache 150, construction number 23-263. Registered in May 1955.
ZS-EDF Ce 337 Air Cape  
ZS-EGJ Ce 150 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-EXV PA-28 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-EYN C-47   Air Cape colours and titles

This venerable Dakota, a C-47B-35-DK (Oklahoma City production), was given the construction number 33211 and had the identities USAF 44-76879, KN581, VP-KJS, 5X-AAR and 7Q-YKN before becoming ZS-EYN in 1970. The machine is adorned with Air Cape colours and titles. See Gradidge 1984 and Pearcy 1988.
ZS-FNP Ce 150 Air Cape  
ZS-FPV Ce 310 Air Cape Air Cape logo

Cessna 310 ZS-FPV is a 1969 model (the P version), has the construction number 310P0139, is ex N5839M, was registered in September 1969 and has an Air Cape logo. See Simpson 2005 and Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-GAA PA-28 General-aviation area  
ZS-GHF PA-28 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-ICL PA-28 General-aviation area  
ZS-IEO PA-28 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-IOP Ce 150 Air Cape  
ZS-IOU Ce 310 General-aviation area  
ZS-SAO B747 Main apron SAA

Construction number 20556 (line number 194) had its first flight on 1972-07-14 and was delivered on 1972-08-07 to SAA (in whose service it was known as a Boeing 747-244, later uprated to the B-version, and was named "Magaliesberg"). See Eastwood and Roach 1997.
ZS-SBC B727 Main apron SAA


Boeing 727-44 construction number 18894 was registered as ZS-DYO in March 1965 and as ZS-SBC in February 1969 and had the name Vaal. The aircraft also had the line number 168, had its first flight on 25 June 1965 and was delivered to SAA on 8 July 1965. Deutsche Aviation Corporation bought it in January 1984 (reregistered N727CR). The main apron in the domestic area and the SAAF hangars [35 Squadron hangars to the left and 27 Squadron hangars (still in the early stages of construction) to the right] are visible in the background of this photograph, which was originally made at FACT on 16 February 1974.
ZS-TAR Ce 310 Cape Aero Services  
 
COMMENTS: 27 Squadron SAAF’s hangars were still being constructed.
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 2 MARCH 1974
 
F-BRLI GY 80-180 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-CHH2 Be 99A Cape Aero Club  
ZS-CWO Debonair General-aviation area  
ZS-EYO C-47   Air Cape colours and titles
ZS-NLE PA-23    
 
SIKORSKY S-51 AT SCRAPYARD IN SALT RIVER
 
Ex-Autair Sikorsky S-51 ZS-HBT was a familiar sight at the Barnetts scrapyard (visits on 1974-03-04 and 1974-03-25) in Salt River (situated a few kilometres from Cape Town) for many years. The helicopter was later swapped for a replica of a Spitfire Mk IX and donated to the South African Air Force Museum.
 
Sikorsky S-51 construction number 51-102 was delivered to the SAAF (where it became A1 and served, amongst others, with 17 Squadron) in August 1948. A1 was used in the air-sea-rescue role at Langebaanweg and was fitted with a hoist on the left-hand side to aid the ASR duties. In addition to the ASR duties the helicopter performed range duties, mountain search and rescue and assisted the SA Police with various tasks. A1 was involved in two rollovers on 9 September 1955 and 26 July 1956. The helicopter was registered ZS-HBT in March 1965.


Sikorsky S-51 construction number 51-102 was delivered to the SAAF (where it became A1 and served, amongst others, with 17 Squadron) in August 1948. A1 was flown by Geoff Tatham via Port Elizabeth on 17 July 1954 for range duty at Langebaanweg and was used in the air-sea-rescue role. At Langebaanweg A1 was fitted with a hoist on the left-hand side to aid the ASR duties, but retained the long extended exhaust originally fitted for spraying operations. In addition to the ASR duties the helicopter performed range duties, mountain search and rescue and assisted the SA Police with various tasks. The S-51 tended to be instable on the ground, and A1 was involved in two rollovers on 9 September 1955 and 26 July 1956. (See the IPMSSA’s website.) The helicopter was registered ZS-HBT in March 1965. This illustration shows ZS-HBT at the Salt River scrapyard in 1974.

ARRIVAL OF MIRAGE III D2Z 

The Mirage III D2Zs were delivered to the SAAF from March 1974 (see McLean 2005).


MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 6 MARCH 1974
 
ZS-DXC Bo.208C General-aviation area  
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 16 MARCH 1974
 
ZS-DXI PA-28 General-aviation area  
ZS-EYN C-47 Main apron Air Cape colour scheme and logo
ZS-HCP Bell 206 Court Court colours and titles
ZS-IDK Ce T207 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-TBS King Air A100 Air Cape  
ZS-TDP J35 Bonanza Air Cape  
 
COMMENTS: 27 Squadron SAAF’s hangars were still being constructed.
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 30 MARCH 1974
 
SE-FGT Beagle Pup General-aviation area See 26 January.
ZS-CHL Baron 58 Air Cape  
ZS-CLD Ce 182B Cape Aero Services
ZS-CZD Ce 172 Cape Aero Services

Note the complex of hangars and buildings in the background located next to the taxiway.
ZS-DOB G35 Bonanza General-aviation area  
ZS-EJB Ce T210F Cape Aero Services owned by DJ Schulz of Springbok


Cessna T210F ZS-EJB (a 1966 model) was allocated the construction number T210-0080 and was originally registered to and owned by DJ Schulz of Springbok. See Simpson 2005, Notes and Air-Britain 1981.
ZS-ETM Ce 182 Air Cape  
ZS-ETX Ce 210 General-aviation area  
ZS-EYN C-47   Air Cape colours and titles
ZS-FKS Musketeer    
ZS-FMW PA-28 General-aviation area  
ZS-FNM Ce 182    
ZS-ICB PA-30 Air Cape Air Cape logo and titles in sticker


Registered in August 1969, this Air Cape Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche 160C (1969 model) was given the construction number 30-1911 and was ex N8757Y. See Simpson 1995 and Air-Britain 1981. Air Cape logo and titles in sticker .
ZS-ICK PA-28 Air Cape  
ZS-ICL PA-28 Air Cape  
ZS-ICW PA-28 General-aviation area  
ZS-IDK Ce T207 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-PAM2 V35B Bonanza Air Cape  
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 31 MARCH 1974
 
ZS-IDK Ce T207 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-IML PA-24 General-aviation area  
ZS-SAN B747 Main apron SAA
ZS-SBF B727 Main apron SAA
ZS-UAB2 Bede BD-4 General-aviation area in hangar
 
AIR NOVA FALCON
 
Air Nova (Pty) Ltd acquired the single-seat prototype Falcon from the University of Natal in April 1974. The idea was to market plans and kits of the Falcon as well as to manufacture the complete aircraft in single-seat and two-seat versions with engines of up to 260 horse power. See Jane’s 1974 to 1975.

MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 7 APRIL 1974
 
ZS-BBZ Beech D17S General-aviation area in hangar


This Beech D17S (1937 model) "Staggerwing" was destroyed in a hangar fire at FACT on 11 December 1976. Its construction number was 6768 and it was registered in July 1946. See Taylor 1995 and Air-Britain 1981.

Also see the separate article on the Beech D17S under MANUFACTURERS for fuller details about this aircraft and a general description of the Staggerwing.
ZS-ENH Ce 182 Cape Aero Services

Cessna 182J, construction number 57570. Registered in August 1966, written off on 26 October 1974. Ex N3570F.
ZS-FAW PA-30 General-aviation area

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche 160B, construction number 30-1537. Registered in June 1967, ex N8382Y.
ZS-IJC BN-2A General-aviation area Rennies


This Rennies Britten-Norman BN-2A-3 Islander received the construction number 253, previous identities G-AYPL and G-51-253 and was registered as ZS-IJC in March 1971. Subsequently it reverted to G-AYPL (in June 1977). See Air-Britain 1981

Also see the image of this aircraft at 26 January.
ZS-SAB B707 Main apron SAA
ZS-UAB2 BD-4 General-aviation area  
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 12 APRIL 1974
 
ZS-AMH3 Ce 411 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-CPW1 N35 Bonanza Cape Aero Services  
ZS-DTF PA-28 Air Cape  
ZS-DXI PA-28 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-ERU Ce 172 Air Cape  
ZS-FXP Ce 177 Air Cape  
ZS-ILA SA26AT Air Cape

Merlin IIB ZS-ILA has the construction number T26-180E [the E-suffix denotes that the particular aircraft is a socalled extra aircraft (the construction numbers of the original series of SA-26ATs started at T26-100 and ended at T26-179) see Simpson 1995 and 2005]. According to Air-Britain 1981 the aircraft is ex N5301M, was registered ZS-ILA in April 1971 and was sold as A2-KAM in August 1976 and then became N1039Y. The original photograph was taken at FACT on 2 April 1974.
ZS-INC A36 Bonanza Air Cape  
ZS-ITC Baron B55 Air Cape  
ZS-SBP B737 Main apron SAA
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 15 APRIL 1974
 
ZS-BCE Globe Swift General-aviation area

Globe GC-1B Swift, construction number 1270. Registered in January 1947, ex NC3277K.
 
ZS-EDX C-47   Air Cape colours and titles
ZS-IJC BN-2A    
ZS-SBA B727 Main apron SAA
ZS-SBE B727 Main apron SAA
ZS-SBN B737 Main apron SAA
ZS-SBO B737 Main apron SAA
 
FIRST IMPALA MK I FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE
 
The SAAF took its first Atlas Impala Mk II (serial number 1000) on charge on 22 April 1974 (see Brent 85 years).
 

MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 1 JUNE 1974
 
ZS-CHL Baron 58    
ZS-EAG Ce 172 Cape Aero Services Jack Holloway
ZS-FDP PA-28R General-aviation area

Piper PA-28R Cherokee Arrow 180, construction number 28R-30020. Registered November 1967, written off 10 April 1977, cancelled 2 May 1977.
ZS-FUV Ce 182 Air Cape STOL; cross on tail
ZS-ICB PA-30 Air Cape Air Cape logo and titles in sticker
ZS-JWB Ce 310 General-aviation area  
ZS-SBL B737 Main apron SAA
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 2 JUNE 1974
 
ZS-EEF Ce 310 Air Cape Air Cape colours and logo and titles in sticker


This is a close-up of the forward section of the fuselage and the right engine nacelle. Note the Air Cape logo behind the last window of the cabin.


Cessna 310I ZS-EEF (registered June 1965) has the construction number 310I0171 and is ex N8171M. The aircraft is seen at FACT on 2 June 1974. Note the Air Cape logo behind the last window of the cabin.
ZS-ICB PA-30 Air Cape Air Cape colours and logo and titles in sticker


Registered in August 1969, this Air Cape Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche 160C (1969 model) was given the construction number 30-1911 and was ex N8757Y. See Simpson 1995 and Air-Britain 1981. Air Cape logo and titles in sticker.

Also see image at 30 March.
ZS-JWB Ce 310 Air Cape  
 
LAST 1 SQUADRON IMPALA 

The last of the Impala Mk Is of 1 Squadron SAAF had been transferred by 18 June 1974 (see McLean 2005).
 
LANSERIA AIRPORT OPENED
 
Lanseria Airport (ICAO code FALA), a general-aviation airport situated near Johannesburg and Krugersdorp (on the West Rand), was officially opened on 16 August 1974. (See ASA Sep ’74.)

 
FIRST 4 SQUADRON IMPALA LOST
 
On 27 August 1974 4 Squadron recorded its first jet loss when 2nd Lt AS Gouws was killed in Impala Mk I 587 during a live-firing exercise at the weapons range outside Potchefstroom (see McLean 2005).
 
MOVEMENTS AT FAGM ON 2 SEPTEMBER 1974
 
Rand Airport (ICAO code FAGM) is located in Germiston (which explains the last two letters in the code) on the East Rand of Gauteng. Here are details of some of the interesting aircraft seen at FAGM on 2 September 1974:

REGISTRATION, TYPE AND REMARKS
 
A2-ZGO PA-23 Mafeking Air Service


This is Piper PA-23 Aztec 250C A2-ZGO (construction number 27-2726; ex ZS-EBN and N5617Y; registered 1972). The machine was old as ZS-ZGO September 1974; therefore the Aztec is illustrated just before it was reregistered as ZS-ZGO. A2-ZGO is seen at Rand Airport (ICAO code FAGM) on 2 September 1974 with Mafeking Air Services titles and logo on the tailfin.
 
CR-AOJ PA-25 Note that the prefix CR-A was used by Mozambique before the C9-prefix was allocated.
CR-AOQ PA-25 Note that the prefix CR-A was used by Mozambique before the C9-prefix was allocated.
CR-APX Grumman 164 Note that the prefix CR-A was used by Mozambique before the C9-prefix was allocated; Text Avex titles.


CR-APX is a G164A Super Ag-Cat with the construction number 1140 and the previous identity ZS-IXZ. The machine was registered in 1974 and carries the titles Text Avex. Here it is seen at Rand Airport (ICAO code FAGM) on 2 September 1974.
 
CR-LNW Baron B58 Note that the prefix CR-L was used by Angola before the D2-prefix was allocated.


This is a Beech 58 Baron, which has the construction number TH-21 and the previous identities ZS-INW, ZS-XAH1, N9497Q. The Baron was registered as CR-LNW in March 1974 and had the subsequent identity D2-ENW. The photograph was taken on 2 September 1974.
ZS-ATL Lodestar In the colours of Comair with Comair titles


Lockheed Lodestar ZS-ATL (construction number 18-2058) was named Jan van Riebeeck during its service with South African Airways. General Smuts often used this Lodestar as an executive transport aircraft. After WWII successive Ministers of Transport used the aircraft in the same role. Comair bought the machine from SAA in 1954 and used it up to November 1968. Now the Lodestar forms part of the static exhibits of the SAAF Museum at Swartkop near Pretoria. The original photograph was captured at FAGM on 2 September 1974.
ZS-BHF PA-28 Construction number PA-32-40670
ZS-CIW DHC-2  
ZS-CMI DHC-2 Avex Air
ZS-CSE PA-23  
ZS-DPK PA-23  
ZS-DRJ C-47 Comair


Douglas C-47A-I-DK (Oklahoma City production) ZS-DRJ has the construction number 12026. Its previous identities are USAAF 42-92247, FL615 and CF-TDO. Passengers are seen boarding and baggage being loaded at FAGM on 2 September 1974. Note the Comair logo and J (ZS-DRJ) on the tailfin and Comair (Commercial Air Services) titles on the fuselage.
ZS-DUM PA-22 Avex Air


ZS-DUM is Piper PA-22-108 Colt with the construction number 22-9757(the Colt series of construction numbers starts at 22-8000 and ends at 22-9848). The aircraft was registered in January 1964. The Colt is shown at FAGM on 2 September 1974 (Avex Air titles on the tailfin).
ZS-DVA PA-28 Construction number 28-10244
ZS-ESV PA-28 Avex Air
ZS-FOZ PA-28 Construction number 28-24231
ZS-FSE Mooney M22  
ZS-FSF AC500S Construction number 1845-34
ZS-FTW PA-28 SAA colours – Springbok Flying Club?
ZS-FUP Ce 337  
ZS-FUS Ce 310  
ZS-FWS PA-28 SAA colours – Springbok Flying Club?
ZS-FYG PA-28 Construction number 28-24781
ZS-IAL Ce 421  
ZS-IGA DHC-1

In this slide (taken on 2 September 1974 at FAGM) DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 ZS-IGA (registered October 1969; construction number CI/0426; ex CR-AEE and WG 333) is depicted. Note the two Comair hangars behind the aircraft.
ZS-IHI F33A Bonanza Tempest Radio Industries


This photograph of Beech F33A Bonanza construction number CE-313 was shot at FAGM on 2 September 1974. The machine was registered ZS-IHI in 1970. Tempest Radio Industries titles can be seen on the fuselage.
ZS-IVB Ce 337  
ZS-IXU PA-23 Burton Group
ZS-IZN AC500S Construction number 3132


This photograph depicts Aero Commander 500S Shrike Commander ZS-IZN (construction number 3132, ex N9184N, registered ZS-IZN in August 1974) at FAGM on 2 September 1974.
ZS-IZT Queen Air Construction number LD256; model 65-A80-8800


Beech 65-A80 Queen Air construction number LD-256 (ex A2-ESQ, ZS-HSA3 and N523CA) was registered ZS-IZT in March 1974. It is seen at FAGM on 2 September 1974. The terminal building is visible on the left and the control tower behind (Bonanza ZS-TBZ can also be seen).
ZS-JAT PA-34  
ZS-JMP DC-3C Map Studio


Douglas DC-3C ZS-JMP (construction number 2119) started life as a DC-3-209B with TWA (as NC14932). The aircraft also became N33M, N3M, N33M and N190UM before being registered ZS-JMP in February 1971. The Dakota belongs to Map Studio Productions (the aircraft is used in the aerial survey role; hence the tailboom) and is depicted at FAGM on 2 September 1974
 
ZS-KIT Grumman 164  
ZS-LTA Ce 421A LTA Air titles
ZS-MFK Ce 401  
ZS-MTD Lear 25B Messina Copper Mine
ZS-OTO PA-34 Otto Landsberg Group of Companies; construction number 347450119
ZS-PAM V35B Bonanza  
ZS-RER PA-28R Construction number 28R-7135007
ZS-RIL AC680FL Construction number 1352-31


Registered as ZS-RIL in May 1970, Aero Commander 680FL Grand Commander (construction number 1352-31, ex N6333U) is depicted at FAGM on 2 September 1974. The aircraft is parked on the main apron and the control tower (to the left) and two Fields hangars (5 and 1) are visible in the background.
ZS-TBZ3 Baron 58  
 
 
MOVEMENTS AT FAJS ON 2 SEPTEMBER 1974
 
Aircraft seen at Jan Smuts Airport (ICAO code FAJS) on 2 September 1974 included the following.
 
REGISTRATION, TYPE AND REMARKS
 
F-BOLI DC-8-55F Union de Transport Aeriens


One of the McDonnell Douglas DC-8s operated by Union de Transportes Aerians was F-BOLI (-55F; construction number 45754). The aircraft was delivered to Trans International Airlines on 18 May 1965 (N3325T), bought by UTA on 25 August 1970, subsequently bought by Charlotte Aerospace Company Inc on 5 February 1982 and then bought by AECA Aeroservicios Ecuatorianos on 7 August 1983 (in whose service the aircraft crashed on 18 September 1984. The DC-8 is seen at Jan Smuts Airport (ICAO code FAJS) on 2 September 1974 (at the freight centre).
G-AWNC B747 British Airways (Overseas Division); white/black/silver


Boeing 747-136 G-AWNC (construction number 19763 and line number 48) had its first flight 28 May 1970 and was delivered to British Overseas Airways Corporation on 29 June 1970. BOAC was merged with British Airways on 1 April 1974 (when the machine was named City of Belfast). Subsequent identities of the aircraft are P4-GFA and 3D-GFA. The original slide was taken at FAJS on 2 September 1974. The aircraft is illustrated at rest on the international apron. The freight centre is visible in background on the left and the Jet Centre to the left (behind the tailfin of the 747). The 747 is resplendent in BOAC colours.
VH-EAB B707 Qantas
 
BOEING 727-44 INCIDENT ON 14 SEPTEMBER 1974

SAA took delivery of nine Boeing 727-100s from 1965. While approaching FAJS on 14 September 1974 Boeing 727-44 ZS-SBD was unable to lower its nose wheel due to a failure of the drag brace strut. A perfect landing was made on a carpet of foam. See Young 2007.

 
LAST FLIGHT OF 1 SQUADRON SABRES
 
On 31 October 1974 the Canadair Sabre Mk 6s completed their last flying day with 1 Squadron (see McLean 2005).


An order was placed for 34 (350 to 383) Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk 6 aircraft in 1955 and they were delivered from the second half of 1956. The Sabres were officially withdrawn from service in 1980. The type was operated by 1 Squadron, 2 Squadron and 85 Advanced Flying School. Initially they appeared in a silver finish with unique identifying colours for 1 and 2 Squadron, but later wore a camouflage scheme, as illustrated here on Sabre 380 of 1 Squadron. Sabre Mk 6 number 380 had the ex-RCAF serial number 23699, construction number 1489 and was sold as N3846J to Flight Systems at Mojave in the USA. 
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 1 DECEMBER 1974
 
CF-MIR Canso   Geoterrex; undertook survey flights in South Africa
ZS-AMI PA-28 Cape Aero Services

Piper PA-28 140B Cherokee; 1969 model; construction number 28-25332; registered August 1974; ex ZS-UCT1, ZS-FWJ.
ZS-CHK Ce 182 Air Cape  
ZS-CIT Ce 175 Air Cape  
ZS-CLP PA-23 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-CRY Ce 182 Air Cape  
ZS-CTY Ce 172 Cape Aero Services

Cessna 172C, construction number 49183. Registered in January 1962, ex N1483Y.
ZS-CYX D50E Bonanza   Air Cape logo
ZS-DMD PA-23 Air Cape  
ZS-DUJ PA-30    
ZS-DVN Baron E55 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-ECE Musketeer Air Cape  
ZS-EDX C-47   Air Cape colours and titles
ZS-EEO Ce 210    
ZS-EJO Ce 182 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-ERO Ce 182    
ZS-EXV PA-28    
ZS-EXX PA-28    
ZS-EYN C-47   Air Cape colours and titles
ZS-EYO C-47   Air Cape colours and titles
ZS-FDX PA-28R    
ZS-FEO PA-24    
ZS-FNI Ce 182    
ZS-FNM Ce 182    
ZS-FPV Ce 310   Air Cape logo
ZS-ICB PA-30   Air Cape logo
ZS-ICK PA-28    
ZS-ICL PA-28    
ZS-ICW PA-28    
ZS-IEO PA-28    
ZS-IJC BN-2A    
ZS-IZH Snow Commander Air Cape

Here Snow Commander S-2A ZS-IZH [construction number 1086A, ex (3D-ABB) and N9430R; registered ZS-IZH in January 1974] is illustrated at FACT on 1 December 1974.
ZS-IZO Beagle Pup Air Cape

See SE-FGT 26 January.
ZS-JAY HS-748   Air Cape colours and titles
ZS-JBG Ce 172    
ZS-JBO Ce 172    
ZS-NLB Ce 310   Namaqualand Airservice
ZS-NLC PA-23   Namaqualand Airservice
ZS-NLE PA-23 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice
ZS-NLH PA-30   Namaqualand Airservice
ZS-OIL Ce 421    
ZS-PAM Bonanza    
ZS-RCS PA-23   SA Red Cross
ZS-RIO Ce 182    
ZS-SAA B707   SAA
ZS-SBA B727   SAA
ZS-SBB B727   SAA
ZS-SBC B727   SAA
ZS-SBN B737   SAA
ZS-SBP B737   SAA
ZS-UAB2 BD-4    
ZS-XBO Warrior    
  
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 7 DECEMBER 1974
 
REGISTRATION, TYPE AND REMARKS
 
ZS-IPR DC-4 Southwest Airways; SW905/906
ZS-SBD B727 SAA; SA611/616
ZS-SBE B727 SAA; SA327/338
ZS-SBG B727 SAA; SA337/344
ZS-SBI B727 SAA; SA343/334
 
 
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 8 DECEMBER 1974
 
ZS-CEL G35 Bonanza    
ZS-CHH Be 99A Air Cape Clifford Harris


ZS-CHH2 is a Beech 99A with the construction number U-93. It was registered in April 1969 and sold as N502TF in February 1979 (see Air-Britain 1981). Here it is seen at FACT on 8 December 1974. Note the CH (Clifford Harris) logo on the tailfin.
ZS-DUJ PA-30    
ZS-EAL PA-23    
ZS-ECE Musketeer Air Cape  
ZS-EDF Ce 337 Air Cape  
ZS-ELT PA-28    
ZS-EXZ PA-28    
ZS-FNM Ce 182    
ZS-ICK PA-28    
ZS-ICL PA-28    
ZS-ICW PA-28    
ZS-IOP Ce 150    
ZS-IXS AA-5 Air Cape  
ZS-IZH Snow Commander    
ZS-IZO Beagle Pup Air Cape  
ZS-JEK Thrush Commander    
ZS-JMT PA-28    
ZS-NCT Baron E55 Air Cape  
ZS-NLA PA-23 Cape Aero Services
In this image the Piper PA-23 Apache 160 (construction number 23-1701, ex ZS-CLO) of Namaqualand Airservice is illustrated at FACT on 8 December 1974. The Apache was registered ZS-NLA in July 1970 and is depicted with Namakwaland Lugdiens titles [note the Air Cape hangar (close to the taxiway) behind the aircraft].
ZS-NLG PA-31    
ZS-PEW A36 Bonanza Air Cape  
ZS-UCT PA-28    
  
MOVEMENTS AT FACT ON 29 DECEMBER 1974
 
CF-MIR Canso Air Cape, on grass in vicinity of SAA technical area Geoterrex


Catalina CF-MIR started life as a PBY-5A (construction number 1997 and bureau number 46633) with the US Navy in January 1945. In 1956 it was registered as N10023. Subsequently the aircraft was converted to a Super Canso by Noorduyn Aircraft (conversion completed on 9 December 1960). Its next civil registration was N608FF. From 1970 to 1984 the machine was operated by Geoterrex Ltd, Terra Surveys (first as CF-MIR and then as C-FMIR – when Canada changed its registration to that format). Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd, Duxford, operated the Canso from December 1984 to 1994 (registered as G-BLSC). On 14 February 1985 the Canso left South Africa for the UK, staging through Zambia, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, France, arriving at RAF Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire, on 20 February. In the UK the aircraft received the RAF marking JV928/Y. The slide was made at FACT on 29 December 1974. Note the Geoterrex Canada Airborne Survey titles and logo on the forward fuselage below the cockpit. Also note that at this stage the registration was still CF-MIR. See separate article under REGISTRATIONS for more details and images.


This is a close-up of the section of the rear fuselage where the Sylvester character was located on CF-MIR. Also note the survey equipment.
 
ZS-AMI PA-28 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-CLP PA-23 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-CZG Ce 172 Air Cape
ZS-DSG PA-23    
ZS-DVX Ce 182 Air Cape  
ZS-DYD Mooney M21 Cape Aero Services Bob Olthoff Racing


Mooney M20E Super 21 ZS-DYD (registered in September 1964) was manufactured in 1965, had its airworthiness test on 27 January 1965 and has the construction number 596 (earlier series of construction numbers) and the previous identity N79393. Note the Bob Olthoff Racing titles on the rear fuselage. This is a scan of a slide made at FACT on 29 December 1974.
ZS-EAG Ce 172    
ZS-EAL PA-23    
ZS-EDX C-47    
ZS-EJO Ce 182 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-EXZ PA-28    
ZS-EYN C-47    
ZS-EYO C-47    
ZS-FEO PA-24    
ZS-FXN Ce 150    
ZS-GLS Baron    
ZS-HDE Bell 206    
ZS-HDF Bell 206    
ZS-IOP Ce 150    
ZS-IUM Ce 172    
ZS-IUV Ce 210 Air Cape  
ZS-IZH Snow Com Air Cape  
ZS-IZO Beagle Pup Air Cape  
ZS-JBG Ce 172    
ZS-JBO Ce 172    
ZS-JEF PA-28 Air Cape  
ZS-JEK Thrush Com    
ZS-JFB PA-28 Cape Aero Services  
ZS-NLA PA-23 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice
ZS-NLB Ce 310 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice


ZS-NLB2 (registered in February 1972) is a Cessna 310N (1968 model), has the construction number 0052 and is ex ZS-FFG and N4152Q. Here it is seen at FACT on 29 December 1974 in the Cape Aero Services area with Namaqualand Airservice titles.
ZS-NLE PA-23 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice


One of the local residents seen at FACT on 29 December 1974 was ZS-NLE (registered in October 1970), which is a Piper PA-23 Aztec 250D (a 1970 model) with the construction number 27-4147 and previous identities ZS-FWH and N6809Y. Note the Namakwaland Lugdiens titles.
ZS-NLF PA-39 Cape Aero Services Namaqualand Airservice


Registered ZS-NLF in March 1972, this Piper PA-39 Twin Comanche C/R (construction number 39-59; ex ZS-MRH2, ZS-IKG, N8904Y) was registered to Jowells Transport of Springbok in Namaqualand (Joe Jowell operated Namaqualand Airservice). I am not sure if it was wearing Namaqualand Airservice titles at this stage. Also see Air-Britain 1981. 
ZS-PBD Ce 337 General-aviation area  
ZS-SAB B707 Main apron SAA


ZS-SAB (registered in February 1969) is a Boeing 707-344 [construction number 17929, line number 154, ex ZS-CKD (registered in June 1959), has the name Cape Town and is shown on the main apron in the domestic area (see the SAAF hangars in the background) at FACT on 29 December 1974. The machine had its first flight on 9 August 1960 and was delivered to South African Airways on 22 August 1960. It was bought on 27 July 1977 by British Midland Airways.
ZS-SBB B727 Main apron  
ZS-UCT PA-28   SAA
ZS-WUM A36 Bonanza    
 
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