Entebbe International Airport, the largest in Uganda, was opened in 1929. Entebbe airport was the scene of a hostage crisis and rescue mission on July 4th 1976; when soldiers from an elite unit of the Israeli army rescued over 100 hostages following hijacking of Air France flight 139 by a group of Palestinian and German militia.
The raid and rescue mission was bizarre just like it was with the hostage scene and it became one of the world’s most astonishing air rescue missions and the subject of films and literature. The scene of this historical incident is still kept at Entebbe and it is worth your visit.
It was also from this airport that Queen Elizabeth II departed Africa to return to England on February 7th 1952 after concurrently learning of her father King George VI’s death and the news of her ascendancy to the British throne as Queen of England.
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