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From Fledgling to Eagle: The South African Air Force During the Border War

Brigadier-General Dick Lord

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ISBN 10: 1920143300 / ISBN 13: 9781920143305
Published by 30 Degrees South, 2009
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Signed. First Edition. ** Deluxe Limited / Signed Edition. ** Signed by Brig-Gen Dick Lord on the Limitation Page. Limited to only 100 Numbered Copies, this being # 55. Full dark blue leather with silver decorations and lettering to front and spine - Includes dust jacket. Mild edge wear to jacket. Otherwise, very clean, tight, square, and unmarked. A Fine Deluxe Copy in a VG+ Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001288940

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Title: From Fledgling to Eagle: The South African ...

Publisher: 30 Degrees South

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"From Fledgling to Eagle" chronicles the evolution of the SAAF in the ‘Border War’ that raged in Angola and South West Africa (Namibia) from 1966 to 1989, covering all the major South African Defence Force (SADF) operations from Ongulumbashe to the ‘April Fool’s Day war’ in 1989. Dick Lord, who writes in a ‘from the cockpit’ style, has drawn on his own first-hand operational reports and diaries, incorporating anecdotes from dozens of aviators from a wide variety of squadrons—Buccaneers, Canberras, Mirages, Impapas, Bosboks, C-160s and130s and helicopters. He also expands on the close relationship the SAAF had with the ground troops in a variety of operations— such units as the Parabats, Recces and Koevoet.

However, Lord studies the broader ramifications of the conflict in that it was not a simple black–white war. Angola was really just a sideshow for the Soviets who wanted to bleed the SAAF in a war of attrition before attempting total domination of South Africa—their ultimate goal. Although he gives credit to the enemy when they put up a stiff fight, he clearly outlines the overwhelming South African successes and dispels, in accurate detail, all enemy claims by giving an accurate account of each battle.

About the Author:

Brigadier-General DICK LORD was born in Johannesburg where he grew up. He joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a fighter pilot. Flying Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens, he served on board the aircraft carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and Ark Royal on cruises around the world. In the mid ’60s, he was selected for a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy, flying A4 Skyhawks and F4 Phantoms out of San Diego, California. He completed tours of air warfare instruction, flying Hunters out of the naval air stations at Lossiemouth, Scotland and Brawdy, Wales. He returned to South Africa in early ’70s and joined the South African Air Force (SAAF), flying Impalas, Sabres and Mirage IIIs. During the Border War, he commanded 1 Squadron, flying Mirage F1AZs into Angola, followed by running air force operations out of Oshikati, Windhoek and SAAF Headquarters in Pretoria. He was mentioned in dispatches for his role in the remarkable rescue of all 581 people from the ill-fated liner Oceanos. A highlight of his career was organizing the successful fly-past of 76 aircraft for Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994. He retired to Somerset West near Cape Town with his wife June. He is also author of Fire, Flood and Ice (to be republished in 2011 as Standby!), his first book, which chronicles some of the SAAF’s spectacular search and rescue operations; Vlamgat—The Story of the Mirage F1 in the South African Air Force and his latest best-seller, From Fledgling to Eagle—The South African Air Force during the Border War, released in late 2008.

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