Soviet Ambassador Ivan Boudakov last week (October 19) handed over, as a gift to the People's Republic of the Congo, two Ilyushin-18 Transport aircraft.
Soviet Ambassador Ivan Boudakov last week (October 19) handed over, as a gift to the People's Republic of the Congo, two Ilyushin-18 Transport aircraft. Soviet airmen will crew them until Congolese crews can take over.
Commander Joachim Yhombi-Opangault took delivery of the two aircraft at Brazzaville Military Air Base on behalf of the Congolese Air Force. They will be added to a fleet of more than a dozen transports already operated by the Air Force.
SYNOPSIS: Commander Joachim Yhombi-Opangault of the Congo People's Republic Air Force last week (19 October) took delivery from the Soviet Union of two Ilyushin-18 aircraft. The Congolese air force already has several Antonov 29 Soviet Transports in its fleet.
The Soviet Ambassador Mr. Boudakov said when handing over the aircraft at Brazzaville Military Air Base that relations between the Soviet Union and Congo-Brazzaville were excellent. The USSR was resolved to aid the Congo within the framework of its economic and military development.
Commander Yhombi said in reply that the donation of the two aircraft was an expression of solidarity between revolutionary peoples. He stressed that the aircraft would not only fly military missions, but also assist in the economic development of the Congo, as the Congolese Air Force already does.
The Congolese Air Force possesses more than a dozen middle-range transport aircraft. Soviet airmen will crew the new Ilyushins until Congolese crews can take over.