'Tsehai', first-ever aircraft made in Ethiopia, arrived at Addis Ababa Airpot on Friday evening

Ethiopia’s Historic Aircraft, “Tsehai”, Comes Back Home

ADDIS ABABA – “Tsehai”, the first-ever aircraft made in Ethiopia in the 1930s, has returned home more than eight decades after it was taken to Italy.

The aircraft, named after the daughter of Emperor Haile Selassie I Tsehai, arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Friday evening.

The plane carrying “Tsehai” was welcomed by Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew, Addis Ababa city mayor Adanech Abiebie, and Italy’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Agostino Palese.

“Tsehai” was transferred to the newly built Adwa Victory Museum.

Its repatriation comes after the Italian government handed over the aircraft to Ethiopian authorities during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Rome last week.

The historic aircraft was made in Addis Ababa in early 1935 under the collaborative efforts of the German engineer and pilot of Emperor Haile Selassie I, Herr Ludwig Weber, and Ethiopians.

“Tsehai” had flown only thirty hours when the Italian Fascist invaded Ethiopia on 3 October 1935. It was then appropriated and taken to Italy.

Following its return home decades later Friday, Ethiopians can now visit “Tsehai” at the Adwa Victory Museum which will be inaugurated on Sunday.

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