A plucky 80-year-old pilot describes her feelings
as she conquered the skies.*
“I was a Turk from Bulgaria. I felt an affinity
with aviation already when I was very little. When
I saw Bulgarian planes fly over the city from time
to time, I was dying to jump on a plane and fly
myself. As I got older, that love grew and became
irresistible. Articles also appeared in the Turkish
papers encouraging young girls to become aviators
and strengthening my already existing enthusiasm.
“But the actual occasion that propelled me
into aviation as a profession was the indescribable
impact made on me by Sabiha Gökçen,
Atatürk’s adopted daughter, when she
set off on a tour of the Balkans. She flew over
Bulgaria as well.