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Constantinople Greek First to Fly

flight1A recent study by Bilgi University in Istanbul led to a claim that the first man in history to make a flight was a Greek from Istanbul, then Constantinople, in the 17th Century.

Turkish professor of history Sinan Cetin said he made the discovery. Up until now, it has been believed that the first man to fly was Hezarfen Ahmed Celebi, a Turkish Muslim man. For the Turkish people he is considered as a national hero and many historians had believed that the first “flying man” was of Turkish origin.

However, according to findings of the study, Celebi was not a Turk but a Roman (Greek) and his real name was Arsenios Tselepis, son of Savvas and Elizabeth Tselepis from Tatavla (a historic district in Constantinople today known as Kurtulus).


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