|The History of Somali Aviation Resource Center|
Photo of the fligh crew standing at the gate of Hargeisa International Airport taken in 1961. On that day defense ministry delegation led by the minister. Hon. Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, and including the commander of Somalia National defence forces, Maj Gen Daud Abdulle Hersi were flown to Hargeisa. On the following day the british forces in the regions handed over “the Scout regiment” that become central pillar of Somalia National Defense force. This was the first day Hargeisa residents saw their forces conducting military exercises and parade in their mother tongue(Somali). Right: Ahmed Sheikh Hassan ”Hared”, Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed, Ali Matan Hashi, Ali Jama Ali, Mohamud Mohamed “Lugayare”
Photo of Pilot Mohamud Abdullahi Barre “faytan” after completing diyuuradda airplane flights(De havilandi Vampire L.11) sittng with the first Somali engineers crew trained on Diy’dda Jet fighters in Egypt(November 11,1961) At the back from right:- Ali Omar Hassan ”Nasweyn”, Kasim Ibrahim” Filyo” Mohamud Ulusow Eybakar” Ganey”, Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamed Warsame” Wardi”, at the front from right : Ahmed Sheikh Hassan“Hared”, Ali Mohamed Eybakar “Hurdaye”, Mohamud Abdullahi Barre ”Faytan”, Sharif Abdulkadir Hassan”Dekow”, Mohamed Jama Kulmiye ”Qordhere”
Ceremony conducted by the Egyptian embassy to resent TCC, 3 Jet fighters(De haviland Vampire L.11) and 2 Al-Jamhuriya (airplanes) assembled in Egypt in 1963. From right: Ahmed Mohamed Warsame” Wardi”, Ibrahim Abdi Mohamed, Yusuf Mohamed Osman “ Tunji”, Saruk parachutes, Mohamed Kasim Abdurabbow, Hared, Kasim Ibrahim “Filyo”, Mohamud Ulusow “Ganey”, Ali Abdulle Nur, pilot Dahi Kullane Abtidon, Mohamed Yusuf Ali, pilot Yusuf Hassan Ibrahim”Yusuf Deg”, pilot Mohamed Ali Dahir, pilot Feytan and Osman Abdulkadir. Photo of egyption Al-jamhuriya airplane presented to the Somali forces in 1965. At the back (on the plane from left):- Mohamed Gaid Hassan, Hussein Said Abdi, Said Mohamed Ibrahim “Ayas”, Mohamed Omar ”Dufle”, at the front from right: Mohamud Ulusow Eybakar ”Ganey”, Ali Abdulle Nur, Mohamed Haji Salah and” Urre”.
Photo of a plane waiting for pilot faytan with instructions to monitor manouvres of the enemy and those targeting the borderline frontsh along yeed, Teed, Beledweyne and ceelgal, and extend to the Somalia defense lines to boost the moral of the forces.
Photo of the head of the head of the hangar units, hared and his team popularly credited for performance in maintenance of Dakota (23/02/64). The commander of the Somalia air force, col. Ali Matan Hashi has recognized their excellence in technical maintenance and upgrading of the airplanes for mid-air fight, this was at the height of the 1964 war with Ethiopia.
Student pilot Ismail Moalim Abdulle(fojar) in the cockpit of mig 15. In the following years (1965-66). Somalia air force went for modernized fighters model: Mig15,17, An24 and An2. This was moment of maturity in the Somalia air force with hundreds of pilots and fligh engineers returining from soviet union, Italy and Egypt. It was a period team spirit and force moral was high and defined through timely warnings by Hersi Boddo, competence of Eng. Omar Hassan, Self confidence of Haji Hussen Hagaf, endurance of Mohamud Sheilkh(Dable Pilot), decent conduct of pilot Mohamed Osman farah(Gaarac) and honesty and emotions of flag carriers, Mohamud Ulusow(Ganey)
Pilot engineers with expertise on fligh with 15000hours, engine conditions, wings, contrionol devices, communica
Photos of the first Somali engineering crew who graduated from Universities in the former Soviet Union in 1969.
Photo of Ahmed “Hareed” receiving a performance award from the commander of the Somali air force, Col Yussuf Hasan Ibrahim
September 09,1976 was special historic day to the Somali women. It is a day, the first flew a Cessna 150 airplane by herself. She received congratulatory message and encouragement signals from incumbent commander of the air force, col pilot Mohamud Mahemed Guled and one of her instructors, Shaahir Abdi Afrah. Pilot Asli Hassan Abade is the fourth on the back row from left.
Photo taken in the fighter school “Scuala Gueera Aerea”, firenza, Italia (March, 28,1988)
Photos October 2006
The concrete foundation holding up the emblem (eagle wing) of th air force and post for the Somali National flag and that of the air forces and posts for the S and the Somali national flag and that of the air forces
The concrete foundation with alarm devices to the air force and enemy threat (objects, planes) warning facilities.
The remains and scrap metals of the S.R.A. M hangar
Entrance gate for the storage facility of the logistics and spares parts for air and land transport.
The remains and overall status of the Oxygen and Air pressure Industry facilities.
The empty space is the flight Parking Area and remains of the four hangers with capacity to park any type of planes.
The remains of the officers Club, quarters for the bachelor office and others from outside duty stations.
This updates on the various stages of the Somalia air force history would continue until we cover its disintegration. So don’t miss, the revelations from this diary posting to you mixed accounts: from joy and national glory to destruction, disintegration and sadness.