Named for Harry F. Oppenheimer of the Anglo American Corporation, who sponsored their operation; probably formed by analogy with the name of the contemporary U.S. television series Charlie’s Angels.
A nickname given to a team of medical specialists participating in a voluntary service, being flown from Johannesburg to work in Swaziland on a regular basis. Also attributive.
1971S. Afr. Panorama Oct. 36Dr. George Cohen, a radiologist of Johannesburg, who founded ‘Harry’s Angels’, a medical specialist shuttle service operating between Johannesburg and Manzini, Mbabane and Hlatikulu in Swaziland.
1974Daily Dispatch 17 July 1Harry’s Angels...Mr Harry Oppenheimer had placed a company aircraft at the disposal of the team. He also gave financial assistance to the scheme — hence the term Harry’s Angels.
1977E. Prov. Herald 20 Oct. 5The 10th anniversary of Harry’s Angels, a voluntary specialist doctors flying service to Swaziland, will be celebrated on November 2.
1981Fair Lady 23 Sept. 79They were named the ‘SA Flying Medical Specialists Service’ — but it was ‘Harry’s Angels’ that stuck...Surgeons and anaesthetists in Harry’s Angels’ team often fit a week’s work into one day in Swaziland.
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