February 19, 2010 year 11:12
The Simferopol International airport will be named after the Crimean Tatar pilot Amet-Khan Sultan. On February 11, at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea parliamentarians supported the proposal of the autonomy group of Crimean Tatar pilots “Vatan Kanatlary”(“Wings of Motherland”) to rename the airport.
Crimean Tatar deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea Şevket Kaybullayev said at the meeting that awarding the Simferopol airport the name “Amet-Khan Sultan” would be an important step showing tolerant atmosphere on the peninsula. The proposal was supported unanimously and the committee members noted that the airport can be officially renamed during the events dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of Amet-Khan Sultan.
Ahmet - Sultan Khan (October 20, 1920 - February 1, 1971) - Honoured test pilot, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1943.1945). During World War II, he participated in 150 air combats with 30 enemy planes downed individually and 19 in group, flying, amongst other planes, a colorfull P-39 Airacobra. After World War II, he became a test pilot. He met his unfortunate demise in a plane crash on February 1, 1971. During his lifetime, he was known to have personally tested over 100 planes.
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