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THE LEGENDARY GIRL OF THE SKIES: SABIHA GOKCEN
THE LEGENDARY GIRL OF THE SKIES: SABIHA GOKCEN
Produced by Gulsah Celiker
Directed by Ali Akyuz
60 mins
Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125


Sabiha Gökçen was the world's first female combat pilot, yet the story of this extraordinary Turkish woman is relatively unknown in the United States . The Legendary Girl of The Skies incorporates rare archival footage and interviews to recount her amazing life story and accomplishments in aviation history.

The adopted daughter of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey , Gökçen was born in the small town of Bursa in 1914. Her childhood coincided with the dawn of aviation, the spectacular age when airplanes began to dominate the skies and command the battlefields. After completing aviation school, she became a combat pilot at the young age of 23, on the eve of the Second World War.

Her skills and bravery during the war earned her numerous international awards and recognition. Gökçen retired from active flying in 1964 and died in Ankara in 2001. Istanbul 's second international airport is named in her honor. Originally made for Turkish television, The Legendary Girl of The Skies is an exciting account of the life of Sabiha Gökçen, an inspiration to female pilots around the world.




“Recommended for classes on the history of aviation, or the modern history of Turkey.” --Educational Media Reviews Online

“…having this historical figure captured on film provides primary source material not available elsewhere” –School Library Journal

"Although little known in North America, Gökçen and her achievements deserve wider recognition. Recommended for academic and public libraries." - Library Journal
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