Last week, the Nigeria Army took delivery of five MFI-15 Safari trainer aircrafts from Pakistan. The MFI-15 were made by Saab of Sweden. If I tell you the story of MFI-15 aircraft you will either laugh or be in shock.
In May 1969, the Biafran
The converted airplanes were effective. They were used by the Biafran Airforce to strike Nigerian airfields at Port Harcourt, Enugu, Benin and even Lagos, destroying some number of Nigeria's expensive MiG-17s and Ilyushin II-28s. The first MFI-15, developed from the Biafran design, had its first flight on the 26th of February, 1971.
The success of the Biafran Babes evoked the interest of the original manufacturers. That was how MFI-15, the aircraft that Nigeria imported from Pakistan last week, was born. The Swedish made CKD parts are assembled in Pakistan as the Mushshak.
The first and second pictures are Carl von Rosen about to take off in the Biafran Baby. The third picture is one of the MFI-15 aircraft Nigeria imported from Pakistan. The fourth picture shows the five MFI-9 of the Biafran Air Force at Uli airport in 1969, while the fifth picture shows the five MFI-15 aircraft Nigerian Airforce just imported from Pakistan in 2018.
What Biafra made in 1969 under war conditions, Nigeria is importing from Pakistan in peacetime, 2018.
Now you may laugh or be in shock.