The Birth of Turkish Eagles: The Short History of Aviation in Ottoman Empire

The Birth of Turkish Eagles: The Short History of Aviation in Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Empire’s aviation history is lesser known yet colorful adventure. Most importantly, it has many firsts in terms of world’s aviation history. The world’s first air bombardment was carried out by Italy against the Ottomans in the battle of Tripoli. The pilot wrote in a letter to his father, “It will be very interesting to try it on the Turks.” The Italian Captain Moizo’s plane, which fought against the Ottomans in Tripoli, was shot and crash-landed. Moizo was the first pilot to be captured in the history of the world wars. The Ottoman Empire was the first to capture. During the bombing of Istanbul, we had such an heroic pilot that he dived among the enemy planes al alone. He got wounded yet endured until the landing and fainted afterwards. Fazıl Bey was personally congratulated by the pilots he fought against when a truce a few days after the incident. Ottoman Empire was one of the strongest states in terms of aviation. Such that when the war ended in 1918, there was still a fleet of 93 aircraft.

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Ottoman Empire’s aviation history is lesser known yet colorful adventure. Most importantly, it has many firsts in terms of world’s aviation history. The world’s first air bombardment was carried out by Italy against the Ottomans in the battle of Tripoli. The pilot wrote in a letter to his father, “It will be very interesting to try it on the Turks.” The Italian Captain Moizo’s plane, which fought against the Ottomans in Tripoli, was shot and crash-landed. Moizo was the first pilot to be captured in the history of the world wars. The Ottoman Empire was the first to capture. During the bombing of Istanbul, we had such an heroic pilot that he dived among the enemy planes al alone. He got wounded yet endured until the landing and fainted afterwards. Fazıl Bey was personally congratulated by the pilots he fought against when a truce a few days after the incident. Ottoman Empire was one of the strongest states in terms of aviation. Such that when the war ended in 1918, there was still a fleet of 93 aircraft.

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