Presidency's Directorate of Communications published a book on air travel, which was brought forward in 1914 at the request of the people of Jerusalem and then extended to Alexandria, under the name of "Istanbul-Jerusalem-Alexandria Air Travel (February 8 - May 15, 1914)".
Furthermore, a website www.havaseyahati.com has been launched with enriched visual content on the book.
The book, which depicts the Istanbul-Jerusalem-Alexandria Air Travel held in 1914, sheds light on our history of aviation and contains Turkish pilots' unforgettable heroism and related documents.
While the book explains the importance attached to aviation by the Turkish nation and the story of Fethi Bey, Nuri Bey, and Sadık Bey, our first aviation martyrs, it also conveys the history of Turkish aviation to the younger generations in depth.
The book content is available as an e-book or as an audiobook on the website www.havaseyahati.com.
In the introduction he penned for the book, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that the courage shown by Turkish aviators who met aviation in the early 20th century, despite all technical difficulties, as well as their love of their homeland, introduced the Turkish nation to new horizons.
Stating that the air travel, which was brought forward in 1914 at the request of the people of Jerusalem and then extended to Alexandria, was also implemented within this framework, President Erdoğan said that the mentioned air travel had other meanings for the Ottoman Empire and its people.
President Erdoğan stated that the development of Turkish aviation was of great importance for people's self-confidence and morale, especially when the painful memories of the Balkan War were still fresh in minds.
Underlining that the book aimed both to shed light on our history of aviation and keep the memory of the first martyrs of Turkish aviation alive, and also presented the said air travel from the perspective of the Turkish press with a multi-dimensional point of view, President Erdoğan expressed his wishes that the study, which emerged as a result of careful and meticulous research, would be beneficial and act as a pioneer for similar works.
Presidency's Director of Communication Prof. Fahrettin Altun, who wrote the foreword to the book, stressed that the Turks have had unprecedented acts of heroism in its rooted history of aviation, ranging from Abu Nasr al-Jawhari in the early 1000s to Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi in the 17th century, to Aviator Fethi Bey and martyred Captain Pilot Cengiz Topel.
Fahrettin Altun stated that considering the historical development of Turkish aviation, the success achieved has been influential in shaping our day and that the brave members of our nation have put their stamp on history with their self-sacrifice and efforts in every field and also gained extraordinary and exemplary accomplishments in aviation history.