Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sabiha Gökçen

Sabiha Gökçen

Sabiha Gökçen (Bursa, 22 March 1913 - Ankara, March 22, 2001) was a military and aviatrix, known for being the first woman aviatrix fighter in the world and the first Turkish woman aviatrix, at the age of 23 years.

According to the official Turkish historiography, she was adopted by Atatürk during a visit from east to Bursa, when he had knowledge of the poor conditions in which she lived.
  Sabiha studied at Ankara and Istanbul. From a young age she was fascinated by the aeronautic.

In 1936 she entered the Air Force Academy, additionally doing a training course in the Soviet Union. During the 28 years she was in the Air Force, she performed 8,000 hours of flight and tested and twenty types of aircraft. After joining the Turkish Air Force in June 1937 she also made her first war service bombing Kurdish rebel positions during the Dersim Rebellion. In 1938 she made a successful air raid by the capitals of the Balkans.
                                                                                                        Yasmin Damun.

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