Sabiha Gökçen (1913-2001), first female Turkish pilot and first female fighter pilot ever. She was an adoptive daughter of Kemal Atatürk. The smaller of the two Istanbul airports was named after her (the bigger one was named after her adoptive father!)
Sabiha Gökçen (1913-2001) was the first female Turkish aviator. She was one of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s adopted daughters; he gave her the family name Gökçen, which literally translates to ‘belonging to the sky’. She was the first woman to enrol in the Turkish Aeronautical Association, and the first to get her pilot’s license. She flew bomber and fighter planes, and was awarded for her superior performance. Today, one of Istanbul’s international airports is named in her honour.