Somali Air Force

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The Somali Air Force (SAF) (Ciidamada Cirka Soomaaliyeed) (CCS),, Al-Qūwāt al-Gawwīyä as-Ṣūmāl) is the air force of Somalia.wikipedia
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Ali Matan Hashi

SAF principal organizer and the first Somalia pilot Ali Matan Hashi became the founder as well as the Chief of SAF.
He created the Somali Air Force in 1960, and oversaw the growth of it between 1960 and 1978.

Somali Armed Forces

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His assassination was quickly followed by a military coup d'état on October 21, 1969 (the day after his funeral), in which the Somali Army seized power without encountering armed opposition — essentially a bloodless takeover.
The SAF was initially made up of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Force.

Somalia

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The Somali Air Force (SAF) (Ciidamada Cirka Soomaaliyeed) (CCS),, Al-Qūwāt al-Gawwīyä as-Ṣūmāl) is the air force of Somalia.
The SAF was initially made up of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police Force and the National Security Service.

Asli Hassan Abade

Asli Hassan Abade was the first female pilot in the Somali Air Force.
Asli was the first and so far only female pilot in the (Somali Air Force - SAF).

North American P-51 Mustang

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The Corpo Aeronautico della Somalia was established in the 1950s, and was at first equipped with a small number of Western aircraft, including two Douglas C-47 Skytrains, eight Douglas C-53 Skytrooper Dakota paratroop variants, two Beech C-45 Expeditors for transport tasks, two North American T-6 Texans (H model), two Stinson L-5 Sentinels, and six North American P-51 Mustangs used as fighter aircraft.

Piaggio P.148

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Two Gomhouria light aircraft soon arrived from Egypt, and then later eight Piaggio P.148 trainers were donated by Italy in 1962.
Some aircraft were sold by the Air Force to the Somali Air Corps as trainers.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

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During the Ogaden War of 1977–78, Ethiopian Air Force F-5As engaged Somali Air Force MiG-21MFs in combat on several occasions.

Ogaden War

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In July 1977, the Ogaden War broke out after Barre's government sought to incorporate the predominantly Somali-inhabited Ogaden region in Ethiopia into a Pan-Somali Greater Somalia.
Almost one-third of the regular SNA soldiers, three-eighths of the armored units and half of the Somali Air Force (SAF) were lost.

Ministry of Defence (Somalia)

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On 1 July 2015, the Somali Defence Minister Abdulkadir Sheikh Dini reopened the headquarters of the Somali Air Force.
The Armed Forces (including Somali Army, Somali Air Force, and Somali Navy) under the Defence Ministry are primarily responsible for ensuring the territorial integrity of the nation.

Shenyang J-6

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It was reported that the shortage of combat aircraft was being redressed in 1981 when that thirty Chinese Shenyang J-6 fighter-bombers were beginning to arrive.

Somali Navy

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The Somali Navy and Somali Air Force also regularly collaborated.

Beechcraft Model 18

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The Corpo Aeronautico della Somalia was established in the 1950s, and was at first equipped with a small number of Western aircraft, including two Douglas C-47 Skytrains, eight Douglas C-53 Skytrooper Dakota paratroop variants, two Beech C-45 Expeditors for transport tasks, two North American T-6 Texans (H model), two Stinson L-5 Sentinels, and six North American P-51 Mustangs used as fighter aircraft.

Ilyushin Il-28

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Before the war Somalia acquired four Ilyushin Il-28 "Beagle" bombers.

Aden Adde International Airport

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The Somali Air Corps (SAC) also used the airport at this time, and had an airlift wing stationed in the capital.

Air force

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The Somali Air Force (SAF) (Ciidamada Cirka Soomaaliyeed) (CCS),, Al-Qūwāt al-Gawwīyä as-Ṣūmāl) is the air force of Somalia.

Horn of Africa

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The SAF at one point had the strongest airstrike capability in the Horn of Africa.

Italy

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Following an agreement signed between the Somali and Italian governments in 1962, Somali airmen began a training regimen in Italy with the assistance of Italian technical staff and pilots.

Soviet Union

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Over the same period, fifty Somali cadets also commenced training in Soviet Union as jet aircraft pilots, later to be joined by more than two hundred of the nation's elite NCOs and officers for general military training.