The Ghana Armed Forces on Friday organized an open-day at the Burma-Camp to afford the public the opportunity to have first hand information about personnel?s activities geared towards fostering strong civilian relationship.

The Day was introduced to bring the public closer to the military as a way of establishing and maintaining good rapport for peaceful co-existence.

The day was also initiated to heal perceived wounds following military brutalities meted out to civilians in the late 70s spanning to the early 80s.

Thousands of civilians particularly students from first and second cycle institutions lined-up at the entrance of the Ghana Armed Forces Airforce Base in Accra to have experience of military flights.

There were also pictorial display of planes including K-8 Jet Fighters and old presidential jets at the tarmac.

The latest all-purpose military plane, CASA C295, with capacity of about 70 passengers and an M1-17SH1 Helicopter, capable of carrying about 42 passengers were made available to the public to enplane.

Both the media personnel and the school children enplaned the M1-17SH1 Helicopter and had some momentary experiences when the chopper gained an altitude between 500 and 700 feet above sea-level and was returning to land.

The chopper lost altitude slightly; both old and young started shouting due to the bodily movement.

The chopper carried the children around parts of Accra and Tema shipyard, while the CASA C295 flew from the base in Accra and turned round at Kasoa in the Central Region at an altitude of 1,700 feet above sea level.

Master Felix Agbotey, a pupil from Elis International School from Ashaiman in an interview with GNA said he was happy the Army allowed them to board a plane for the first time.

He appealed to government to facilitate such events to enable those who have never experience it to participate in the future.

At the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment based in the Burma Camp, a large number of school children had gathered at the Regiment to catch glimpse of various MOWAGs or Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) and 64 Infantry Regiment crowd control vehicles.

Lieutenant Samuel Agyeman, who conducted the school children round the vehicles, explained that each Armoured Fighting Vehicle had the capacity of 10 soldiers during combat. GNA

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