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Beloved American Who Now Leads Ethiopian Air Forces Plans to Fly Back to States After the War is Over -- Has Won Praise For His Courage and Ability.

By J. A. Rogers

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 29 - (By Mail) - Negro America's contribution to Ethiopia in her struggle for independence against Italy is the most warmly-admired foreigner in the country, Col. John C. Robinson, the former Chicago aviator now known as the "Brown Condor" of Ethiopia.

This modest, courageous graduate of Tuskegee Institute, has reconstructed the esteem for American Negroes which it was the ill

fortune of Hubert Julian to destroy.

Colonel Robinson was one of the first persons I met on my arrival here. He seemed suffused with happiness to meet a man of his own color from his native land. I learned before I had been here a day that Colonel Robinson is beloved by everyone, including the Emperor. Ridiculous dispatches have been broadcasted throughout the world by white correspondents about Julian, but they hold Robinson in the highest respect and have a great fondness for him.

Sends Message to Friends

Of Course, one of the first requests made to Colonel Robinson was that he should send, through The Pittsburgh Courier, as message to his friends in the United States. 

"Today has brought me one of the happiest moments I have ex-
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CHICAGOAN NOW HAILE'S ACE

John C. Robinson, whose family operates a garage at 31 E. Forty-seventh st., has become the ace aviator in the Ethiopian air force, according to Associated Press cable-grams.

He is known as the "Brown Condor of Ethiopia" and has succeeded Hubert Julian, "The Black Eagle of Harlem" who fell from the good graces of Emperor Haile Selassie on August 8 when he and Robinson had a fight.

Robinson, the first American to volunteer for service with the Ethiopian army, left Chicago about four months ago. He was a garage mechanic and for a time taught flying at Tuskegee Institute.

According to Associated Press reports, his rival, Julian, is now drilling infantrymen in the remote Wall region 400 miles from the Ethiopian capital.

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FEW GERMAN PLANE FATALITIES

Accidents in scheduled air traffic in Germany resulting in death or injury to persons carried, numbered only three last year with a total of 6,423,999 miles flown.

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June, 13, 1933

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Loses Pilot License for Saving Self and Friend!

Thomas J. Conley Jr., 25, attached to the regular army air corps at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill., lost his civilian's pilot license yesterday afternoon indirectly because he saved the life of a friend and that of himself.

Conley, who was on leave, visiting his home at 7736 Oglesby av., went to the municipal airport with a friend, Daniel J. Holthoefer, 7359 Paxton av. He rented a plane from J. & L. Flying Service and took his friend up.

Three thousand feet above the Jackson Park golf course the motor of the ship cut out. Conley had no choice. He came down.

"I really think I did a pretty good job," he said later. "The course was crowded with players, but I managed to set the ship on the ground without injury to any one or the ship either."

Before he could tinker the engine back into condition South Park Policeman Frank Doyle and George McGlyn, official of the air branch of the Department of Commerce, arrived. They forbade a takeoff and McGlyn ordered Conley to surrender his civilian's pilot's license. The plane was being dismantled last night for return by truck to the airport.

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