‘Midnite’ Mbhokota makes Air Force history

2011-02-26 00:00

Lieutenant Colonel Musa “Midnite” Mbhokota (36) became the first black pilot to be appointed officer in command of Air Force 2 Squadron, stationed at the Makhado base in Limpopo. The squadron flies Gripen fighter jets and the advanced Hawk fighter trainer planes. Mbhokota was stationed at the Makhado air force base as a flight instructor on Hawks in 2002. With the acquisition of the first Gripens he was one of the first six pilots chosen to be trained on this plane in Sweden. He has accumulated more than 2 300 flight hours in eight different types of military planes, of which 1 800 hours were in fighter planes. He was one of four officers who yesterday received command of an air force unit or squadron. Colonel Silumko Vaaiboom, Lt Col Kevin Ogden and Lt Col Iris Joan Owen respectively took command of 5 Air Service Unit, 85 Combat Flying School and 515 Squadron.

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