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I have a wonderful gentleman on the show, Colonel (Ret) Cobus Toerien, a man who has recently retired from South African Airways after an illustrious 44 years in aviation.
Cobus qualified as a fighter pilot on Aermacchi MB326 and served on the front lines. He later qualified as a Mirage F1 pilot and continued to serve his country. With more than 160 operational sorties and 10 years of operational tours, Cobus was promoted to Officer Commanding, 2 Squadron.
This was at a time where 13 fighter squadrons were combined into one single fast jet squadron, where Cobus led diligently for more than 5 years.
Along the way, he qualified as an Accident Investigator and served in a safety role since the early 1980’s. His final posting in the SA Air Force was in the Directorate of Combat systems. He transitioned as the Safety Manager at South African Airways and later joined the seniority list as a flying pilot once more.
His work in Accident Prevention and Safety has earned him many accolades. He has an immense network of friends and colleagues all around the globe. He is a wonderful man with a solid work ethic.
View this live interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2VcCiXInwg&t=156s
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