Did you know? OPERATIONAL

  1. The first 16 men to do para-training overseas departed on 27 September 1960.
  2. The first qualified paratroopers jumped out of a Sikorsky helicopter at Tempe on 5 January 1962
  3. The first paratroopers sent to the South West Africa (now Namibia) order was during 1973
  4. Cross border operations started during 1974
  5. The first 1 Para Bn reaction force started operating from Ondangwa, Namibia in 1976
  6. South African Paratroopers took part in more than 80 operations in battle
  7. Alpha, Delta and Golf were the only companies deployed in 1979/80 in Rhodesia
  8. Fire force means Paratroopers reaction force
  9. S.A.D.F. learned fire force from the Rhodesian Army
  10. A “Valkgroep” was pelatoon of paratroopers
  11. A Dac/Dak is an abbreviation for the Dakota DC3 aircraft
  12. A “Flossie” or C130 Hercules and C160 Transall aircraft transported troops to the operational area
  13. A C130 Hercules had a carrying capacity of 64 paratroopers
  14. Before jumping out of the aircraft, the red light means STAND IN THE DOOR, and the green light means, “GO – JUMP!!!”
  15. A Super Frelon is a helicopter with a carrying capacity of approximately 22 men
  16. The Puma helicopter was later upgraded and renamed Oryx
  17. A Chopper is a shortened abbreviation for a helicopter
  18. A “K-Car” was an Alouette helicopter flying above the reaction group in the operational area with the Commanding Officer controlling the fire force reaction group
  19. The “G-Car” was an Alouette helicopter with airsupport fire of 20mm or machine guns to the ground forces
  20. Tempe is a military base in Bloemfontein
  21. The R1 rifle calibre was 7,62mm and a magazine takes 20 rounds
  22. The R1 in the R1 rifle referred to Republic One and replaced the old FN
  23. The R4 rile carried two types of magazines – 30 rounds & 50 rounds, and originated in Israel
  24. The 47 of the AK-47 refers to the date it was designed
  25. A hand grenade delay is 4,5 seconds