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Major Mark Gentles (Call Sign - “Katana”)

 

  • Born in Krugersdorp Gauteng.

  • Matriculated from Princess High School in Roodepoort.

  • Achieved Springbok Colors for Scouting in 2000.

  • Studied Engineering (Mechanical) at RAU before joining the SAAF

  • One of only two Englishmen to have ever made it out of Krugersdorp alive (my brother is the other one.)

 

SAAF Career:

  • Joined the SAAF in May 2003.

  • Completed Pilots Course in December 2005.

  • Completed C – 185 Course in July 2006.

  • Completed Basic Air transport Course in November 2006.

  • Completed Command Course in July 2007.

  • Qualified as Safety Officer in July 2008.

  • Completed Operational Command Course in February 2009.

  • Qualified as an Operational Test and Evaluation Pilot in May 2009

  • Acted as Operational Test and Evaluation Pilot on the Koiler Project (Airborne Surveillance System fitted to the C-208) from May 2009 to completion.

  • 4250 hours total.

  • 1130 on Caravan.

  • 560 on PC 12.

  • 2450 hours on PC 7 MK II

  • Selected as GLO in February 2012.

  • Selected as Number 2 in April 2013

  • Selected as Soloist in February 2014

  • Selected as Leader in October 2015

  • Most capped Silver Falcon in the history of the team.

 

Personal:

  • Married the most beautiful woman on earth, Seretha, in December 2011.

  • Seretha is a highly accomplished Instructional Designer.

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