In 1931 Ethiopia issued a set of four airmail stamps with the same
design which shows a bi-wing airplane flying above a map of Ethiopia
showing the major rivers and the route of the Franco-Ethiopian Railway
from Djibouti to Addis Ababa.
On August 18, 1929 the first airplane, a Potez 25 A2
bi-plane, built at the Establissements Henry Potez in Paris, France,
was delivered to the air port in Addis Ababa. It was named “Nesre
Makonnen” (Prince Makonnen), and it was the beginning of a small
Ethiopian air force.
Haile Selassie, the Emperor of Ethiopia, was born
Tafari Makonnen, and the words at the bottom of the stamp, Avion
Nessre Tafari, refer to him, as does the name of the plane.