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A long ramble. As a kid growing up on a farm in the Kenya Highlands, I used to watch with awe as the EAA/BOAC Argonauts brrred and hummed overhead en-route to exotic destinations. After a messy education, (an impulsive dad whipping me out of school to travel for a few years), I dropped out of Princo. Head Master 'Flakey' Fletcher kindly got me into an apprenticeship at EAA in the DC3 prop. shop. After a year there I did 6 months National Service, after which EAA told me they didn't want me any more. Obviously I hadn't learnt the intricacies of balancing those DC3 props! Ambition burnt, having watched DC3 pilots in their khaki Safari outfits come down to the Wilson Airport hangers where I labored, to take DC3s up for test flights. Fast forward.. 5 Years later I was a DC3 F/O. after 9 years a Comet IVc Check Captain, and after 10 years a SVC10 Senior Captain. In 1973 I had Bruce Mackenzie on a flight He was then an EAA Board Member. I knew him from my charter pilot days with Campling Bros, where i often flew him and Tom Mboya. I asked whether rumors of calamity were true. He said.. this country won't pay for this, that one won't pay for that.. and we owe Shell millions of Shillingi. That triggered my move to Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong. After a year there I got into the Fitness Industry.. which i had been doing a sideline all along in Kenya. (Bruce Mackenzie died in an air crash. He had visited Idi Amin at Entebbe, and been given a lion's head as a gift. For reasons unknown, the gift had an altitude-triggered time bomb inside). I'm now Rtd in Thailand and Vienna. I wonder.. if in the far distant future, our great, great grand kids will find this site, and ask for stories about these 'pioneering' guys and gals.
I joined in February 1960 as a Station Trainee, was stationed at Nairobi, Entebbe and Dar es Salaam. I became DTO at Nairobi Airport and later was transferred to Head Office as Traffic Standards Officer, which entailed among other things travelling all the routes. I left in 1973 when I joined Air Malawi in Blantyre. Left in 1978 joining BIA in the U.K. and then Air UK. Went to Jeddah in 1982 as Ground Operations Manager for STTB before returning to the UK in 1984 when I joined SITA and remained with them until 2002. Done bits and pieces since then and am now fully retired. Would love to hear from anyone who may remember me.
Hi I posted the other date about a complete set of pilots log books that I have acquired. I have just realised that the name I gave was incorrect, the correct pilots name is Charles Neill and not Neill Alexander as I first thought who after the war seems to have spent most of his career with flying in Africa from the early 50's up to the mid 60's. Also I was surprised to find some original photos of Charles during WW2 tucked inside the back cover of the earliest log book. Researching this chaps history is proving to be fascinating and the log books are a fantastic read. Kind regards Paul
I worked for a short few years at Embakasi in the mid 60’s. Would love to make contact with any Admin staff who remember me.
Hi, I've acquired the complete set of Flying Log books for A Neill Alexander, spanning mid 1940's up to the mid 1960's. He seems to be entries for all the aircraft you have listed in his logs . Fascinating
My aunt, Heather Mulroney was an executive for EAA back in the 50's and 60's I would love to hear from anyone who worked with her during this period.
Message to Mary NGANGA, would Mr Frasers first name be Barry ???
I joined EAA as Stewardess in 1970. My Chuef Stewardess was none other than the immaculate looking Una Buchanan. A group of 25 stewards and stewardesses were trained at Embakasi by Mr. Fraser, a happy and jolly Instructor who used to sing to us, "raindrops keep falling on my head...". Who knows what became of Mr. Fraser?
My father, EVH Carter, known to his friends as Nik, was an engineer with East African Airlines in the late 40s and possibly early 50s. Does anyone have any photos that might include my dad? Tall bloke with glasses.
How nice to find a photo of my father (Roger Gostling) in your article African Life, did you know him ?? Many thanks.
My father Roger Gostling worked with East African Airways as cabin crew training manager in the early sixties, he passed away Jan. 2011, he had many fond memories of Kenya. I have been looking for an East African airways facebook page but unfortunately can't seem to find one, can anyone help me ?
I flew for Easy African back in the ‘60’s DC3s and Comet 4s. Left to join Aer Lingus and retired to Vancouver. Fond memories of great people and places.
I just discovered this website and want to belatedly note that my father, Ruthven Pomfret, passed away aged 90, in 2006. He flew for EAA in the 1950s. I still have photos of some of the aircraft that he flew. I have fond memories of Wilson Airport because my father also did a stint of link-training of pilots. My mother was unwell at one period and he had to babysit me and took me to work with him during this period - I'd have been about eight or nine at the time. He put me in the simulator that he used for training to keep me occupied, and let me sit and pretend I was a pilot - great fun! I'd love to hear from anyone who might remember my father. he and my mother moved to Western Australia in 1968 and settled on the south-west coast in Albany.
I was born in Uganda in 1958 and later left the country during Idi Amin's reign with other Asians in Sept 1972. I have had a recent very traumatic near death experience. During that time I visualized several memories that were crystal clear in their clarity. One of those memories was of an EAA plane being surrounded by troops on an airport runway. Did this ever happen? If so, can you provide any details? Thank you, Alwyn
Found two large, framed, black and white pictures with Fly Among Friends and East African Airways logo bottom right. One is a majestic lion on the plain, and the second is of 3 elephants. Tag line indicates made after 1964. Any info on photographer or ad agency, marketing company?
My father was the director general of the company from 1967 to 1971. His name was Wilson Okumu Lutara. I would love to recieve some pictures of him if available
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Dear EAA-Team, My name is Deborah and I live in Munic. i`m searching for a Pilot or Flightcontroller: -who worked/lived in Nairobi Summer of 1969? -who knows a Sylvia (Hofer), she lived in Nairobi with her husband. She was a Flightassitance by Balair/Swissair. Her husband was a swiss Pilot. -Sylvia, my mother, was born in London and had a british passport. They had a German Mastiff, the dog loved Kerosin. -who lived in a appartementhouse for European Flightmembers near the Airport? I´m searching for my biological father... I assure you that I have NO financial interests and grew up in an intact family. Is there someone, who can help me? Someone you knows anything? Thanks in advance, kind regards, Deborah
I worked with East Africa airways late 70'S. Was based in Nairobi, Kenya. Wondeful times living in East Africa. Im in the far right in the picture below. https://www.ebay.com/itm/ ge-Airlines-Print-Ad/ 1313.TR1.TRC0.A0.H0.Xeast+african+airways.TRS0
I did not work for EAA but worked briefly as Duty Officer at Dobbs Catering LHR and we catered the EAA super VC10 every night. I was often the only person in the unit waiting to hear if the SVC10 had pushed back as it was the last flight of the day. If it went technical I had to call Mr Finlay (the EAA LHR Catering Officer) who was at the Skyline hotel bar and ask him if he wanted the Flight recatered for the morning andwhat with? If he was agreeable we could switch the catering already on board, around ,and dry ice. If not we had to call staff in and work all night preparing new meals! I am the author of the book Gourmet and Glamour in the sky...A life in Airline catering and there are pictures of EAA memorabilia including a fan which says “eight miles a minute on the EAA Comet”. I joined British Caledonian in April 73 then British Airways and Emirates before retiring after 45 years but always loved covering East Africa, Seychelles, Zambia and South Africa for BR BA and EK.