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01 AT-6 Harvard
02 The Eagles of Zwartkop
03 Canberra
04 Eye in the Sky
05 African Air Forces
06 Chopper Pilot
07 Passion for Flight
08 2 Squadron in Korea
09 Rhodesian Air Force
10 Serve to Save
11 Springbok Fighter Victory 1
12 The men who went to Warsaw
13 85 Years of the SAAF
14 Sweeping circles in the sky
15 Douglas C-47 Dakota in SAAF
16 Helicopters of the SAAF
17 17 Squadron
18 Zero Error Margin
20 Springbok Fighter Victory 2
22 Silver Falcons - 40 Years
23 Cheetah
24 Springbok Fighter Victory 3
25 Springbok Fighter Victory 4
26 Springbok Fighter Victory 5


The continent of Africa is steeped in aviation history and stories of the personalities, the airlines and the aircraft involved abound, some already published and others still to come.

Winston Brent, aviation enthusiast, author and owner of Freeworld Publications is well known in the aviation world for his tireless pursuit of African Aviation History and for authoring and publishing many books on the subject.

As a young teenager Winston would spend many moments viewing the Venturas, Dakotas, Skymasters and Harvards as they passed directly overhead the family farm between East London and Port Elizabeth. He started to record the serials of the aircraft passing overhead by using the family telescope.

His passion for aircraft and flying never declined and when he was unable to pursue his wish to fly, he switched to recording serials and studying the various aircraft in Southern Africa.

In 1987 he published his first book/booklet (46 pages), “Rhodesian Air Force 1947-80, A Brief History”. This sold so well he had to have it reprinted.

In 1994 he published his next title “African Military Aviation”, in A5 format, 288 pages. It is still regarded as a reference book on military aircraft in Africa.

He believed he had found a niche market.

In 1995, the first of the present African Aviation Series, No 1, “AT-6 Harvard” was published. It was followed by many more so much so that by 2001 he was publishing three a year.

He found he had others who shared his passion and were prepared to record their experiences, like Brig-Gen Monster Wilkins in “Chopper Pilot”, Maj-Gen Tom Cockbain who wrote “Sweeping Circles in the Sky” and in No 10, “Serve to Save”, Guy Ellis, a former Cape Town resident, shared his passion by recording the history of an area of the Service that has been neglected and that played an important role in the rescue of pilots, aircrew, sailors and passengers off the South African coast from 1940 onwards.

Winston encourages all those interested in publishing stories of African Aviation to make use of his extensive publishing knowledge. He is willing to assist wherever he can in order to capture African Aviation History in book form.