ZAF takes flight through time with landmark history book


SOARING into its 60th year, the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) has unveiled a remarkable chronicle of its journey – a history book meticulously crafted over three years. 

This commemorative gift, launched on the anniversary of the ZAF’s establishment yesterday, serves as a repository of the Force’s aerial guardianship over Zambia.

The book launch ceremony was graced by the presence of Justice Minister Mulambe Haimbe, who hailed it as a testament to the nation’s unwavering commitment to excellence. 

Haimbe lauded the “men and women in uniform whose steadfast dedication has safeguarded our skies” for six decades.

The pages of this historical tome turn back the clock, showcasing the triumphs, challenges, and pivotal moments that have shaped  ZAF’s narrative. 

Each chapter whispers stories of sacrifice, reminding the nation of the debt it owes to those who have served and continue to serve with unwavering dedication.

ZAF Commander, Lieutenant General Oscar Nyoni, expressed his gratitude to the book’s authors, veterans, and all who contributed to its creation. 

He emphasized the significance of this historical record, not just as a nostalgic glance at the past, but as a bridge connecting generations of ZAF.

The book unveils the often-unseen sacrifices of the Air Force personnel, while simultaneously serving as a potent reminder of their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the nation’s skies. 

It is a call to not only celebrate past achievements but to collectively author the upcoming chapters of the ZAF’s legacy.

Lieutenant General Nyoni aptly described the book as “a beacon for this and future generations,” guiding them with the wisdom of the past and illuminating the path ahead.

Divided into seven parts, the book comprehensively chronicles the ZAF’s existence since its inception on March 1, 1964, capturing both its triumphs and setbacks. 

By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba March 1, 2024


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