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FRIENDS OF SAO-TOME AND PRINCIPE - PRESERVING BIAFRA'S L1049H SUPER CONSTELLATIONS

FRIENDS OF SAO-TOME AND PRINCIPE - PRESERVING BIAFRA'S  L1049H SUPER CONSTELLATIONS Photo Credit - www.saotomeprincipe.eu

Mr. Xavier Munoz Tennet is a Geographer from Barcelona, who first came to Sao Tome and Principe in 1986. He is one of the initiators of Friends of Sao Tome and Principe, an association which was started 40 years after the Nigeria-Biafra war, and whose interest and work is in preserving the history of the island. 
http://www.saotomeprincipe.eu/caue_projetos/caue_activitats/caue_biafra2011.htm 

Some of the cultural landmarks they have identified are the two Lockheed L 1049H Super Constellation air crafts which were used in the airlift from Sao Tome into Biafra. Friends of Sao Tome and Principe has launched a campaign to ‘officially recognize as inheritance and preserve as monument’ these two planes and have made a proposal to the government to this effect. In the meantime, a Sao Tomean businessman, Mr. David de Mata, has converted one of the planes to a restaurant and the other to a discotheque, the idea being that it would prevent the plane from further detoriation. In an article published here,
https://www.telanon.info/suplemento/2019/02/04/28600/patrimonio-nacional-ruinas-e-sucata/ Mr. Xavier says:  “What's more, worrying comments now come to us about the deterioration of the structures of the two imposing Lockheed L1049H Super Constellation (“Connies”) planes near Sao Tome airport, which for a time have been preserved by the direction of the “As Asas do Plane” restaurant, which constitute the last remnant of the Biafra relief bridge, a titanic effort undertaken by a handful of international NGOs in the late 1960s...The risk of final destruction causes us special sadness to those who, from all parts of the globe, call for its preservation and suggest its conversion into a center for the study of historical memory...Its disappearance would constitute a new attack on history and culture, even against the memory of the dead in Biafra, a new act of total lack of sensitivity.” It’s a slightly long read but worth the time.

(Cover Photo shows the Super Constellations lying dilapidated after the war. The photos below show them after renovations.)

 

 

 

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