Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi “The First Man to Fly”

Ahmet Celebi was a Turkish scholar in the 17th century Istanbul, who succeeded in flying with wings that he had developed. And years of exile…Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi's exile was not because of his treachery but because he knew so much…
It is the era of the Ottoman ruler Sultan IV. Murad… In other words, the years between 1623 and 1640. Master Ahmet Çelebi, who was recognized for his mastery of science and scholarship of his times, his vast knowledge and good manners, tries a first from the Galata tower. What's more, without hesitation!

Ahmet Celebi Passes by Flying!

On a morning as the South-west wind is blowing in Istanbul, Ahmet Çelebi releases himself into the emptiness with two wings attached to each side of him like bird wings. He rises from the tower, flies over the Bosphorus and lands in the Do?anc?lar square in Üsküdar. And so, Ahmet Çelebi, who is admired for his wisdom and courage, writes his name down in history for being the first person to carry out the flying scheme in Turkish Aviation.

A Wise MAN,. "Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi"

Ahmet Çelebi wasn't called "Hezarfen" for nothing. The title meaning "a thousand sciences" is the symbol of wisdom. Hezarfen was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's practices on birds and took an example by the Turkish scholar Ismail Cevheri (10th century), who also tried to fly before his time but had failed. It is known that he fulfilled his project after examining the winds, airflow, observing birds while flying and even carrying out a series of trials at Okmeydani.

Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi

Ahmet Celebi Know too much!

Apparently being wise in the17th century Ottoman Empire was a nuisance. Even though Hazerfan Ahmet Çelebi's flight had great feedback from Europe and the time's ruler Sultan IV.Murat had granted him with a sack of gold, he faced a miserable end in response of his success. The Sultan believed such a competent man of great knowledge and resource would create great danger, in his own words this man was "somebody to be afraid of, someone, who could get whatever he wants and therefore was somebody illicit" and so he was sent to Algeria for exile. Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi died in Algeria, where he spent his exile years, at the age of 31.

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