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One of the photos defining the memorable occasions of the air force. The first plane that was used in the training of four of the five pilots in Somalia(1954) was Stinson L.5 Sentinel
Photos above shows: - Ali Matan Hashi, Ali Jama Ali, Mohamud Abdullahi Barre and Abdullahi Elmi (Abdulahi Usey) while the fifth is Ahmed Sheikh Macow He was directly train in 1956s in Italy while the remaining four took the second training  on a twin-engine plane in Italy on the same year.

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The man dressed in civilian, and standing in the midst of the air force service men in uniform, is Osman Abdulkadir. He was the first to be sent to Italy for technical training on specialized professional flight expertise.

Somali Aviation Resource Center At the back (from right):- Mohamed Abdi Elmi ”HorHore, Omar Moalim Abdulle
”Janin”, Omar Isse Mohamed, Ahmed Jila’ow Mohamed “Tenis”, Abdurabbow, Mohamed Yusuf Ali, Ahmed Mohamed Isse”Ilgir”, Isse Tarambi Ugas, Mohamed “Weli, Abdullahi Abdi Amalow, M. Nour. Dudi, Sharif Abdulkadir Hassan”Dekow”, Italian student, Ali Da’ud, Ahmed Ise Abdi, At the front (from right):Yusuf Mohamed Osman”Tunji”, Abdullahi Roble Arale”tootoo”, Ahmed Ali Aden”Gobbe”, Mohamed Haji Salah, Said Mohamed Ibrahim ”Ayax”, Mohamed Gaid Hassan, Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed, Ahmed Hared and the guy leaning on the his elbow on the left side Mohamed Haji “Barako”.

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Team gathered in the hospital in readiness for a medical check up(photos in March 1958) At the front row from right:- Omar Ise Mohamed, Mohamed Yusuf Ali, Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed, Mohamed Sharif Malele, doctor, Ahmed Tenis, Horhorre, Abdurabbow: At the back from: Hared, Dudi, Abdullahi Abdi Amalow.

Somali Aviation Resouce CenterPhotos of flight engineers positioned in front of  fighters Jet F-86 “Sabry”) taken on September 27, 1958. On that day they were given lessons on the difference between fighter bomber, ordinary flight and jet engines.
Standing at the back (from right):- Hussein Abdulle Ali, Barre, Mohamed Haji Barako, Barre, Abdulahi Roble Arrale, Mohamed Gaid Hassan, front line right: Hussein Said Abdi, Said Mohamed Ibrahim ”Ayah” and Ahmed Sheikh Hassan”Hared”.Somali Aviation Resource Center

Photos taken on September 28,1958 at the completion of the general examination.

At the back from right:- M. K. Abdurabbow, Bare, Omar Moalim Abdulle, Ahmed Mohamed Isse “Ilgir”, At:   front from right :- Ahmed Ali Adan ”Gobbe” and Ahmed Hared.

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We have accomplished skill training and recognized to join flight crews as engineers on October, 1958.
At the back from left:- Ali Da’ud, Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed, Hussein Abdule Ali, Omar Moalin Abdulle, Yusuf Mohamed Osman “Tunji”, Mohamed Nur Dudi, Abukar Moalin Hirabe “Hayti” Hared, Sharif Abdulkadir Hassan “Dekow” Mohamed Kasim Abdirabow, Yusuf Ali, Mohamed Hussein Da’ud ”Hirane”, Ahmed Jila’ow Mohamed “Tenis”, Abdullahi Roble Arrale”tootoo”,Omar Ise Mohamed, Mohamed Abdi Elmi” Horhorre”, At the front from right:- Ahmed Mohamed Ise “Ilgir”, Mohamed Gaid Hassan, Mohamed Haji Salah, SaidMohamed Ibrahim ”Ayax”, Mohamed Haji Barako, Ali Abdulle Nur, Abdullahi Abdi Amalow.

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Photos taken in latina Military Airport on September 1959.
Photos of three Somali Pilots with expertise on long distance and night flights, such as C-4 and C-47, taken in Latina(Italy) Military Airport on September 1959. From right: Mohamud Abdullahi Barre “Faytan”, Ali Matan Hashi and Ali Jama Ali, the fourth one with similar expertise, Abdullahi Elmi ”Abdullahi  Usey” . is not on the photo.

 

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On November 7, 1957. The first lot numbering 32 students in which all except 3 graduates from the polytechnic school(ex- scuala  industriale) went to Italy for various skills training on planes. Photo of the unite before leaving Mogadishu International Airport from right :- Pilot Ali Matan Hashi (escorting  students) Mohamed Kasim Aburabbow, Hussein Said Abdi, Ahmed Sheikh Hassan “Hared”, Said Mohamed Ibrahim “Ayah”, Col. Rosati (Commander of the Italian Air force in Somalia), an envoy from the Italian ministry of foreign affairs Omar Ise Mohamed, Hussein Abdulle Ali, Mohamed Yusuf Ali, Ali Abdulle Nur, Pilot Degli’ Esposito and pilot Ahmed Sheikh Ma’ow (escorting the student)

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Standing at the back: Abdullahi Roble Arale ”tootoo”, Omar Isse Mohamed, Hussein Abdulle Ali, Hussein Said Abdi, Ahmed Sheikh Hassan”Hared”, Mohamed Yusuf Ali, Ali Da’ud, Ali Abdulle Nur, At the front row kneeling from right : Mohamed Kasim Abdurabbow, Said Mohamed Ibrahim ”Ayah”, Mohamed Mohamud Ali “Weli”, Mohamed Nur “Dudi”,  Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed 

On 23rd March, 1958, our first day to board on a military airplane(Savoia Marchetti 82) in Capodi Chino, Napoli of Italy this was to expose us to the new realities for adoption such as nuisea, conditions attributed to unstable weather conditions and use of  parachutes to safe lives during unexpected and unfixable flight problems among others.

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Intact and in their full parachute gear after disembarking from the plane as shown on the picture taken on March 23, 1958. Photo from left: Hussein Said and Hareed.

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Photos of fligt enginers specialized in plane body parts positioned infront of Body parts assembly hall on September 27, 1958. The display is intended for students taking practical lessons on different flights body parts.
At the back (from left standing) :-  Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed, Omar Ise Mohamed, Abdulahi Abdi Amalow. At the front from right:- Mohamed Nur “Dudi”, Mohamed Mohamud Ali ” Weli” and Mohamed Haji Salah.

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At the back from right:- Omar Isse Mohamed, Mohamed Haji Salah, Abdulahi Roble Arraale, at the front from left: Dudi, Hared and Ayah.

 

Somali Aviation Resource CenterPhotos taken  on October 3, 1958. At the back from right:- Hared, Omar Moalim Abdulle, Ise Tarambi Ugas. Ahmed Jila’ow Mohamed
”Tenis”, At the front from right: Omar Isse Mohamed and Ali Abdulle Nur.

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September 15, 1960, was the day bi-weekly flights linking the two cities of Mogadishu and Hargeisa was launched. The hargeisa residents codenamed the fligh as Ali Matan Airways and Qandala airways.
Photo from right: Mohamed Mohamud Ali  “Weli”, Kasim Ibrahim “Filyo”, Ali Matan Hashi, Sharif Abdulkadir Hassan ”Dekow”, Mohamud Mohamed “Lugayare” and Ali Jama Ali.
    

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