State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene at the Sri Lanka Air Force Base-Rathmalana on Thursday at the event to open the aircraft for public viewing. Air Force Commander Air Marshall Kolitha Gunathilake is also present | (Pic by Rasika Kotudurage)

State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene stressed that the government should provide more assistance to budding inventors as they have creativity, but they lack facilities. He said that the government has a responsibility of encouraging such persons with know-how, funds and other infrastructure.

The state minister made these observations speaking to the media just after the public opening of the 4R-RAY aircraft belonging to renowned engineer and inventor Vidyajothi Ray Wijewardene for public display at the Sri Lanka Air Force Museum on Thursday, June 04.

He also appreciated engineer Ray Wijewardene as a renowned personality who rendered a remarkable service to the country’s aviation sector. It was the aircraft which was found abandoned at a container and was in dilapidated condition at the Economic Centre at Narahenpita. The aircraft had been handed over to the Sri Lanka Air Force, after the investigations, to be kept at the SLAF Museum. Sri Lanka Air Force had renovated the aircraft which had the temporary ownership to Yoshitha Rajapaksa and used by renowned film director Chandran Rutnam in one of his creations.

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