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01 AT-6 Harvard
02 The Eagles of Zwartkop
03 Canberra
04 Eye in the Sky
05 African Air Forces
06 Chopper Pilot
07 Passion for Flight
08 2 Squadron in Korea
09 Rhodesian Air Force
10 Serve to Save
11 Springbok Fighter Victory 1
12 The men who went to Warsaw
13 85 Years of the SAAF
14 Sweeping circles in the sky
15 Douglas C-47 Dakota in SAAF
16 Helicopters of the SAAF
17 17 Squadron
18 Zero Error Margin
20 Springbok Fighter Victory 2
22 Silver Falcons - 40 Years
23 Cheetah
24 Springbok Fighter Victory 3
25 Springbok Fighter Victory 4
26 Springbok Fighter Victory 5

African Aviation Series No. 9
RHODESIAN AIR FORCE – The Sanctions Busters
Winston Brent
ISBN 0958438811


This book records many of the Sanctions Busting methods used by the Rhodesian Air Force in acquiring aircraft and equipment to maintain the high level of efficiency for which they were known. The author gives in-depth accounts of how some aircraft were obtained. He gives details of all the known aircraft which were flown and includes a comprehensive Roll of Honour. It is A4 with 192 pages and 12 pages in colour and plenty of B & W photographs. It was published in Hard cover and Soft cover.


The Rhodesian Air Force’s history has been exhaustively covered in several publications in the recent past, and this title adds yet another. The book offers a short story of the establishment of the Rhodesian Air Force up to the advent of majority rule in 1980.

The role of the South African Air Force and South African Police in assisting their Rhodesian compatriots is detailed and extensive use is made of photographs to illustrate the text throughout. There is a lengthy reference sections relating the histories and eventual fates of all Rhodesian Air Force aircraft, as well as a complete Roll of Honour and aircraft crash-log.

The book’s sub-title “The Sanctions Busters” is somewhat misleading though, as there is only a single chapter dealing with the sanctions-busting operations.