The 100th anniversary of the death of Captain Fethi Bey, famous aviator and namesake of the south western Turkish town of Fethiye, was commemorated in a number of events across Turkey yesterday.

A local event was held in the main Beşkaz Square in Fethiye.

Senior officers from the Turkish Airforce, the Mayor, Governor and other military, civilian and public figures attended the event held yesterday to remember one of the first the Ottoman pilots who lost their lives.

He was flying between Istanbul and Alexandria when his plane crashed over Damascus.

Speeches were made, tributes paid and the town band played to one of the pioneers of the nations aviation history.

At the end of the ceremony there was a fly past by a microlight and motorised paraglider.

Other events were also held at the Kartepe Naval Marine Air Command base and at the Balikesir Jet Base Command HQ.

The town of Megri was renamed to Fethiye to commemorate the revered aviator.

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