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Kenya Air Force Gifts Bulldog Aircraft to High School:”Future Pilots”

Kenya Air Force Bulldog plane.
Kenya Air Force personnel handing over the Bulldog aircraft to MFA students. Photo/Facebook.

Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi students were left excited after being gifted an aircraft by Kenya Air Force (KAF).

Moi Air Base (MAB) Base Commander Brigadier Samwel Kipkorir, led a delegation of Kenya Air Force Personnel in a ceremony to donate the Bulldog plane.

According to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the aircraft will be used as an educational aid to aviation students at Moi Forces Academy.

The school is among the few high schools in Kenya offering aviation as an examinable subject.

“To all aviation students, this presents an exciting opportunity. Despite its age, the fundamentals of aviation remain unchanged, laying a solid foundation for your CAREER. I eagerly anticipate seeing you soar in the skies,” Brig Kipkorir said.

The school’s chief principal James Maina thanked KAF for their generosity and support after the donation.

“As a school, we are committed to maintaining and utilizing this gift to its fullest potential. I urge all students with a passion for aviation to see this as a catalyst for achieving their career aspirations,” Maina said.

Malachi Shiundu, an aviation student at the school, got the opportunity to start the aircraft’s engine he expressed gratitude and excitement for the experience.

“This moment will forever be etched in our memories. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Kenya Air Force and eagerly anticipate serving our country as future pilots.” Shiundu added.

The Bulldog aircraft was in service in Kenya Air Force since 1972 until its final flight in November 2023.

The aircraft is a two-seater but can have an option for a third seat.

It’s primarily used for training pilots and was first used in 1971 by the British Royal Air Force (RAF).

The RAF sold off its remaining Bulldog aircraft in 2001 and replaced it with the Grob Tutor.