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    Two aircraft were handed over to the Togo Government in Lome last Tuesday (July 27) as a gift from West Germany.

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    Two aircraft were handed over to the Togo Government in Lome last Tuesday (July 27) as a gift from West Germany. The twin-engined six-seater aircraft had been delivered a few days earlier in component form inside a cargo plane, before being assembled.

    The plane - complete with 16 West German technicians - arrived less than two months after a visit to Bonn by Togolese President Etienne Eyadema.

    West German Ambassador Herr Gerhard Sohnke officiated at the presentation ceremony.

    SYNOPSIS: At Lome airport last Tuesday, West Germany presented two aircraft as a gift to the people of Togo.

    West German ambassador Gerhard Sohnke officially handed over the twin-engined six-seater aircraft which had ben delivered in component form inside a massive cargo plane a few days earlier. They came complete with 16 West German technicians and four supervising officers.

    Ambassador Sohnke in his speech stressed the close links and firm friendship between the two countries. It was less that two months ago that Togolese President Etienne Eyadema paid a visit to Boon - where he held meetings with Chancellor Willy Brandt. The speed delivery of the aircraft - Dornier 27's - was a product of the understanding between, the Togolese Government, West German technician and French advisors.

    The parts are simple to assemble and can be put together in a few days. They will be used as part of the Togolese armed forces.

    After the ceremony, officials, and journalists climbed into the Dorniers to enjoy flights over the Togo countryside. Military experts feel the aircraft will be particularly useful in Togo. They can land anywhere and need only a shore run-up - distinct advantages in working over the country's mountainous terraine, savannah and rive valleys. The Togolese believe the planes will be perfectly adapted to emergency air-lifts.

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