Col. Haywood retires as honourary Colonel

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Col. Haywood retires as honourary Colonel

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On 21 August, a small private ceremony was held in Hout Bay to honour Colonel Haywood’s 62 years of dedicated service in the reserve force and his retirement as honourary Colonel of 44 Squadron. The ceremony was attended by senior SAAF officers and honourary guests, among them the Atlantis Chairman, Gordon Blackbeard.

From his teenage years at high school and during his early adult life, Colonel Haywood - through the erstwhile conscription process - had interchangeably served in the school and naval cadets (his first love), and also the Citizen Force as a pilot. As fate would have it, this is where he served most of his part time force activity, flying in various capacities until 1981. By this time he had accumulated an impressive number of flying hours on Tiger-Moths, Havards, Spitfires, Vampires, Dakotas and Skymasters, rising to the rank of Lt Colonel. In recognition of his achievements and his contributions, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of 44 Squadron in 1993.

During the ceremony held at his home, he was presented with a commendation from the Chief of the Airforce Lt Gen “Zakes” Fabian Zimpande Msimang as well as special memento in recognition of his loyal service to the South African Air Force.

Col Haywood, who was also the former Chairman of Armscor, has been providing strategic planning consultancy to Atlantis Aviation over the past 5 years.

Atlantis wishes the Colonel all the best for his well-deserved retirement.