Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi
Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi was a legendary Ottoman aviator of Constantinople , purported in the writings of traveler >Evliya Çelebi to have achieved sustained unpowered flight.
The 17th century writings of >Evliyâ Çelebi relate this story of Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, circa 1630–1632:
First, he practiced by flying over the pulpit of Okmeydanı eight or nine times with eagle wings, using the force of the wind. Then, as Sultan Murad Khan was watching from the Sinan Pasha mansion at Sarayburnu, he flew from the very top of the Galata Tower and landed in the Doğancılar Square in ">Üsküdar, with the help of the south-west wind. Then Murad Khan granted him a sack of golden coins, and said: "This is a scary man. He is capable of doing anything he wishes. It is not right to keep such people," and...