Air Force presents used jet to UG

xxxThe Ghana Air Force has presented a decommissioned (not in use) jet trainer aircraft to the School of Engineering Sciences of the University of Ghana (UG), Legon.

The Aermacchi MB 339 Jet, is to help establish a degree programme in Aeronautic and Space Science Technology.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Michael Samson–Oje, in a speech read on his behalf, said the aircraft would serve as ‘instructional equipment’ for practical training of young and enquiring minds to improve upon civil and military aviation.

He said the Air Force had wanted to sell decommissioned aircrafts as scrap, but the school pleaded that it needed one for exhibition and instructional purposes.

Air Marshall-Samson Oje said the Air Force, after considering the options agreed to the request.

He said the Ghana Air Force facilities at the School of Trade Training in Accra, would be effectively utilised to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and also improve aeronautic engineering.

“We shall together build and enhance the capacities of both civil and military towards ensuring that Ghana’s airspace is well secured by a capable and well-trained aviation professionals.

The Vice Chancellor of the UG, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, said the aircraft would help speed up plans for the establishment of aeronautic and space science technology next academic year.

He commended the Ghana Air Force for the gesture, and assured that the university was ready to assist the Air Force Training School in the development of accreditation and curriculum.
Prof. Owusu said “The University is positive about the current level of enthusiasm regarding the collaboration between the two institutions.


By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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