On Sept. 23, 1962, during Air force graduation, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie said “As you may judge for yourselves, the airplanes that will be here in the future are very much different from those that have been used so far, and will therefore require greater imagination and ability to handle them. Those people who will be entrusted with their use will bear heavy responsibilities and will, therefore, be recruited very carefully. We feel that you also realize the need for attaching special importance to this aspect.
However, and as much as you have been given sound education and a good start, you can fulfill your obligations only if you strive for higher and better endeavors. This must be your aim and goal in life.” The picture below was taken after landing the F-86. in 1962 From left Yohannes, First Lutenant Gizaw Deriba, Second Lutenant Techane Mesfin and Teowderos.