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02 The Eagles of Zwartkop
03 Canberra
04 Eye in the Sky
05 African Air Forces
06 Chopper Pilot
07 Passion for Flight
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10 Serve to Save
11 Springbok Fighter Victory 1
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13 85 Years of the SAAF
14 Sweeping circles in the sky
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17 17 Squadron
18 Zero Error Margin
20 Springbok Fighter Victory 2
22 Silver Falcons - 40 Years
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African Aviation Series No. 4
EYE IN THE SKY – A brief history of the South African Police Service Air Wing
Herman Bosman
ISBN 0958388059


Herman Bosman is a serving officer of the SA Police Service with a keen interest in the Air Wing of that service. He was fortunate to have access to their records and personnel and thus could write with an insight that any other author would have lacked. He was fortunate to have access to the private photograph collections of many of the air crew and thus many photographs are being shown for the first time. He covers the early days in South West Africa/Namibia before the SA Defence Force took charge, the Police support to the Rhodesian forces and then their return to civilian duties. It is A4, with 148 pages and 6 colour pages.


This easy to read, no-nonsense book by Capt. Herman Bosman contains fascinating accounts and visual material. The author obviously has a passion for aviation in general – and the SAPS Air Wing in particular!

Factual information about projects as diverse as Skeleton Coast patrols and the “Arctic Penguins” gives the reader a bird’s eye view of police operations. Most of the photographs come from the personal collections of pilots and crew and have never been published previously.

It is not commonly known that air support by the SAAF for the South African Police started as early as 1921/22 with the miners’ riots on the Witwatersrand. Then there was the unrest in South West Africa, followed by air support in Natal and other parts of the country.