Memorial Tribute to a DC-3 pilot.
Major Victor Philip Fouché
9th May 1935 to 4th May 1999
By Mark Fouche
My Father was born on 9 May 1935, the son of a postman, who decided that the skies above held promise of more excitement and adventure than ever was to be found on the ground.
He started his Aviation career in the RAF, flying in C-47's, Doves and Sunderlands as a Wireless Operator / Radar Operator.
After joining the South African Air Force, he flew the beloved Dak as well as T6 "Texans" as a Citizen Force member.
His career reached a peak when he became Chief Pilot of Royal Swazi National Airways Corporation, flying Fokker F-28 jets and Viscount turbo-props.
After returning to the SAAF during our bush-war, he saw action in the operational area, once again with the Dakota, and claimed the first kills in the South African version of the "Dragon" which was a C-47 with a 20mm cannon mounted in the door.
He founded the Dakota Association of South Africa in 1983, and continued as its Chairman, till the end. He continued flying Dakotas until the day he died, at the age of 63, passing his last ATP medical on the day of his unfortunate and tragic death in a car accident.
A lot of his friends said that he should have died in a Dak, but that would have meant "bending" an aircraft that he loved, and I know that in over 30 years, and 20,000 hours of flying, he never so much as scraped the paint on his beloved "Gooney Bird"
Maj. Victor Philip Fouche died on 4th May 1999, five days before his 64th birthday.
May he rest in peace, and may this stand as a tribute, both to him, and to the grand old lady of the skies, the DC-3.