The President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, on Thursday (30 May) marked the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Kenyan Air Force when he presented "wings" to young airmen who have completed their training, at a meremony at the Kenyan Air Force Station, Eastleigh.
GV Kenyatta arrives with military chiefs
GV Crowds (2 shots)
GV Kenyatta off rostrum and across parade ground
SV Kenyan Air Forco flag
SV Kenyatta inspects parade
CU ZOOM OUT Air Force officer
GV Flag boarer marches past
GV March past
SV Kenyatta takes salute
CU Air Force wings
SV Kenyatta awards wings to officers (2 shots)
GV Kenyatta inspects cockpit (2 shots)
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Background: The President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, on Thursday (30 May) marked the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Kenyan Air Force when he presented "wings" to young airmen who have completed their training, at a meremony at the Kenyan Air Force Station, Eastleigh.
As President Kenyatta presented the "wings", aircraft of the kenyan Air Force flew past. The President also reviewed a marchpast.
It was President Kenyatta, Commander-in-Chief of all Kenya's Armed Forces, who commissioned the Kenyan Air Force in 1964. Then the force was made up of a few light trainer aircraft and a few Kenyan Cadets and servicemen. Now as well as a Flying Training School, the Kenyan force has an Air Support Squadron, a Strike Squadron, an Air Transport Squadron and an Air Traffic Control Squadron. The Air Force now has more than six hundred men.
Since its foundation, the training of Kenyans under British supervision has been steadily carried out, culminating in April 1973 when Colonel D.N. Cichuru assumed full command of the Air Force as its first Kenyan Commander. This completed the Africanisation of Kenya's three services.
The Kenyan newspaper the Daily Nation in an editorial to commemorate the anniversary said: "Standards are high, morale of the best. The officers and men of the Air Force, side by side with their purely technical duties, have time and time again gone to the aid of their fellow countrymen, assisting in times of natural calamities such as droughts and floods".
SYNOPSIS: Thousands gathered at the Kenyan Air Force Station, Eastleigh, for the ceremonies to mark the occasion.
The busiest is the Air Support 'planes which supply remote outposts, evacuate casualties and carry out reconnaissance and aerial photography.
After the flypast President Kenyatta had a close look at one of the Strike Masters of the Air Force he commissioned.