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Spectacular military event disrupts flights in Wilson

Passengers have been advised to reschedule their flights

A Kenya Air Force unit matches during Jamhuri Day Celebration in 2015 at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi. [Source: Standard]

Domestic flights heading into and ones that fly out of Wilson Airport in Nairobi have been rescheduled due to a military event taking place in the multi-purpose Ulinzi Sports Complex at the Lang’ata Barracks.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the Wilson Airport airspace was scheduled to be closed on two separate days; Thursday, July 28 and Friday, August 5 for the 21 Battalion of the Kenya Rifles to conduct the Trooping of the Colour.

“The airspace will be closed on Thursday from 10am to 4pm and again on Friday from 10am to 4pm,” said the KCAA.

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Kenya is one of three African countries that still practices the traditional British ceremony of Trooping the Colour. The ceremony has been a tradition for infantry regiments of British and some Commonwealth countries since the 17th century.

The colours are the highest honour for any regiment or unit and are well-guarded and treasured. Losing the colours leads to the disbandment of the regiment or unit. All infantry units and bases are presented with both presidential and regimental colours.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Commander-In-Chief of the armed offices is expected to attend the event as he counts down the end to his tenure.

This is the second time this year Wilson Airport has had its airspace closed. On May 26, the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) held the Museum Air Show Festival.

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The event took place at the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens along Lang’ata Road when KDF partnered with Aero Club to display both military and civilian aerobatic capabilities.

Other participants of the airshow will include Phoenix Aviation Cessna Sovereign, Kenya Airways Embraer 190 fly-past, Farmland Aviation firefighting display, and aerobatics by Mark Hensman from South Africa among others.

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