Captain alemayehu Abebe (photo: Zachariah Abubeker)

Captain Alemayehu Abebe (photo: Zachariah Abubeker)

First African pilot to command commercial aircraft

In 1957, Captain Alemayehu — the first Ethiopian commercial aircraft commander — made his solo flight as captain on a DC‑3/C-47 aircraft.

Before coming to ET, Captain Alemayehu taught Colonel Semret Medhane in the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force. As the captain’s first student, Col. Semret claims that he taught Capt. Alemayehu how to teach. When they both came to ET, says Capt. Alemayehu with a laugh, “He came in as management, and my student became my boss.”

Source: Selamta Magazine

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