Air Force Base Waterkloof

Airport in Gauteng, South Africa
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01/19 11,001 3,353 Asphalt
06/24 6,299 1,920 Asphalt

Air Force Base Waterkloof {AFB Wklf} is an airbase of the South African Air Force. It is situated on the outskirts of Pretoria, and is the SAAF's busiest airbase. The base's name, Waterkloof, is Afrikaans. It means Water Ravine in English. Despite the name, this base is not located in Waterkloof, Pretoria, but lies to the south of Pretoria, 4.34 nmi (8.04 km) to the northeast of Centurion, Gauteng and 3.37 nmi (6.24 km) from AFB Swartkop, at an elevation of 1506 metres (4940 ft).

The base motto is Acquirit Qui Tuetur (He Obtains Who Defends).

Units currently hosted

  • 2 Squadron – Fighter, attack, reconnaissance
  • 21 Squadron – VIP transport
  • 28 Squadron – Medium transport
  • 41 Squadron – Light transport
  • 44 Squadron – Light transport
  • 60 Squadron – In-flight refuelling, transport, EW/ELINT/AEW
  • 111 Squadron – Light transport (reserve)
  • 140 Squadron – Light transport (reserve)
  • 504 Squadron – Security
  • 5 Air Servicing Unit – Maintenance support
  • Central Photographic Institute – Photographic services
  • JARIC, (Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre) The SANDF National Imagery Exploitation Centre – Strategic Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) support
  • Mobile Deployment Wing – Emergency response
  • SAAF Telecommunications Centre – Communications
  • Ditholo Training Area is managed as an external component of AFB Waterkloof


The base was officially opened on 1 August 1938 as Waterkloof Air Station.[1] Since that time it has always been in the service of the SAAF. It was upgraded to Air Force Base during World War II.


  • Non-directional beacon – WL315.0
  • VHF omnidirectional range – WKV116.9
  • Tower – 124.1


A flight full of Indian citizens who had come to attend a wedding of the Gupta family landed at Waterkloof airbase. This was in contravention of South African law since the airbase is classified as a National Key Point. It was later alleged that former president Jacob Zuma is the one who ordered the flight to land.


  • "World Aeronautical Database". Retrieved 9 January 2009.


  1. ^ "Waterkloof Airbase". Retrieved 4 July 2009.

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to AFB Waterkloof.
  • Waterkloof page on the unofficial website of the South African Airforce Checked 29 March 2012
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