On March 14, 1954, a young Ethiopian in a rural village lay badly injured. An urgent radio message requesting deliver of whole blood and medical supplies was received at the Lideta airport, Addis Ababa.
A handsome, trip, fifty-one-year-old American, former commander of the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force, volunteered for the mercy flight that would cross some of the most rugged terrain in all of Africa. It would be a fateful decision. His name was John Charles Robinson.
–Thomas E. Simmons