Harambee One,the Kenya Presidential Jet,managed under the Kenya Airforce was acquired in 1995 to ease the movement of the president and other state officials all over the world. Up to 1977 Kenya state officials were transported using Navanjo aircrafts. However,the air Force started using Buffalo aircrafts in1978.
Later in 1990,the Kenya Airforce acquired the Canadian Dash 8 aircraft that has more advanced technology.The Dash 8 has a capability to flie 25,000 feet above the sea level. However, it could not travel for longer hours in air non-stop.The Kenya Airforce therefore started developing an idea of acquiring new aircraft which could cover more distance not only within the continent of Africa,but also to the rest of the world. This would also reduce the cost of hiring private Jets for presidential state functions.
In 1994,the Airforce decided to acquire the Fokker 70 ER(Harambee One) aircraft,manufactured in Netherlands. Let col James Githinji was sent to Netherlands the same year to inquire more about the construction of the plane.
On December 20th 1995,the aircraft was officially handed over to Kenya,after which Col Githinji was appointed the commander. It was first used by president Moi in 1996 during a state functions in Uganda,with col Githinji as the pilot.
The jet which costed the state$20 million has a space for 26 crews with much of the cargo area taken up by extra fuel tanks. The plane can fly for a total of 13 hours and can move up to a speed of 815 kilometres per hour.
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