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Old 18-01-15, 02:42 AM
milhistry milhistry is offline
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I've always asumed the springbok type was worn in the late sixties when 42 AOP Flight was part of the Army for a year or two before being transferred back to the SAAF as 42 Squadron. It is still a mystery to me why there are two patterns of Springbok pilot wing though - one with a protea wreath and 'Per Specimus' and one that's just the springbok head.

Anyone know what happened when the army pilots became part of the SAAF - did they continue wearing the army wings or did they swop them for the standard SAAF pattern?

I also wonder why when the Army briefly had pilots again in the 1960s they designed the springbok wing - why didn't they use the flaming grenade type again or simply use the standard SAAF wing?
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