Who is Sabiha Gökçen?

Who is Sabiha Gokcen
Who is Sabiha Gokcen

Although one of Turkey's first female pilot, is the world's first female fighter pilots. One of the eight spiritual sons of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. During his flight career, he performed about 8.000 hours of flight; Thirty-two of them were combat roles. Its name is given to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which is the 2nd Airport of Istanbul.


Sabiha Gökçen was born in Bursa in 1913. After the death of his father and mother, he was adopted by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who visited Bursa in 1925. Sabiha Gökçen was given the surname “Gökçen” by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk with the enactment of the surname law in 1934, which was not related to aviation yet.

Sabiha Gökçen, who studied at Çankaya Primary School and Istanbul Üsküdar Girls' College, entered the Turkish Aviation School of Turkish Aviation at the Turkish Aviation Institute of Turkish Aviation. He received high glider badges in Ankara. Gökçen was sent to Crimea Russia with 1935 male students and completed his high gliding education there.

He entered Eskişehir Military Air School in 1936 and became a military pilot after his special training there. He did an internship for a while in the 1st Tayyare Regiment in Eskişehir, and flew with fighter and bombers. In 1937, a ceremony was attended by the President, Prime Minister and the Chief of General Staff, and he was awarded the Turkish Air Agency Murassa (Honor) Medal. He received a military flight badge on August 30, 1937.

Gökçen made a Balkan tour with his plane as a guest of the Balkan states in 1938.

After his return to Turkey with the Turkish Aeronautical Association Türkkuşu "Headmaster" was the assignment and has successfully continued this duty until 1955.

In 1953 and 1959, Sabiha Gökçen introduced the Turkish society and Turkish women to the USA upon invitation.

In 1996 he received the biggest award of his aviation career. At the ceremony held at Maxwell's Air Base, which was attended as the autonomous guest of the Eagles Meeting held for the graduation ceremony of the American Air Staff College, it was chosen as one of the "20 Airmen who made its name in the World History". Gökçen became the first and only female aviator to be deemed worthy of this award.

He made his last flight in 1996 at the age of 83 with the French pilot Daniel Acton on a Falcon 2000 aircraft.

Sabiha Gökçen died on March 22, 2001 at the Gulhane Military Medical Academy at the age of 88 due to heart failure.



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