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SAD ENDING TO SCHOOL DROP OUT WHO BUILD AIRCRAFT AND FLEW IT.

Gachamba who lives in his home at Blue Valley in Majengo Nyeri town, remains one of the locals who built and flown an aeroplane since independence. But Gachamba managed the fete way back in 1969 and named his aircraft Kenya One.

He said he used an 850cc scooter engine and scrap metal to build the fixed-wing plane after observing his friend’s aircraft.

The body of the aeroplane, which took three years to build, was made of canvas. After being convinced that his aircraft was good to go, he took it for a test flight.

Gachamba flew from the airstrip and crossed over the Kenya Police College in Kiganjo. His mission was to fly over Karatina town, but on reaching Marua, nine kilometres from his intended destination, he realised the engine was overheating

While flying over the Kenya Police College on his return journey, Gachamba could hear, above the din of Kenya One’s engine, police recruits shouting: “Ni ga choka, ni ga choka!” (It is flying back, it is flying back!). The joyful shouts rejuvenated his energy and hope of landing safely.

But his hope was short lived.

Gachamba found himself in hospital. Though he survived the crash, he has scars on his chest and limbs and walks with a limp.

Gachamba who had dropped out of school while in Standard two after after he was scolded and beaten by his teacher publicly for failing to perform a simple sum 16 plus 4 was given a job by President Jomo Kenyatta at Wilson Airport in the aircraft electrical engineering department soon after he made his own plane. And so is his plot in Nyeri.

However, Gachamba quit the job after short while because he was only allowed to do wiring.

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