Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine and Republic of Moldova responded to the appeal of the group of aviators “Vatan kanatlari” (Wings of Motherland) on the discrimination on ethnic basis in Ukraine and wished the aviators to achieve success in naming Simferopol international airport after Twice Hero of the Soviet Union Amet-Khan Sultan, informed Nuri Beytullayev, chairman of the aviators’ group.
Earlier, the group of aviators “Vatan kanatlari” distributed among fifty foreign embassies in Ukraine a request to assist Ukraine to eliminate discrimination of Amet-Khan Sultan on ethnic grounds through promoting assigning his name to the international airport of Simferopol (Crimea).
Aviators believe that foreign countries should be aware of the predisposition of Ukrainian authorities to Amet-Khan Sultan.
As reported by us earlier, for years, the initiative group of aviators “Vatan kanatlari” is seeking to name Simferopol international airport after twice Hero of the Soviet Union Amet-Khan Sultan. However, Crimean and Ukrainian authorities have been rejecting this initiative, providing various reasons. The group believes that the actual reason for refusal is that Amet-Khan Sultan was a Crimean Tatar.
Note: Amet-Khan Sultan was a Soviet fighter and test pilot.
With the German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941 he was a pilot.
In action over the Briansk, south-western, Stalingrad, southern, Ukrainian, and Belo-Russian fronts, Amet-Khan flew some 603 sorties, participated in 150 air battles, and personally claimed 30 planes shot down, with 19 more victories shared.
In 1946 he transferred to the Reserve and became a test pilot. He was killed in a plane crash on February 1, 1971 during a test flight on Tupolev Tu-16LL. During his lifetime he personally tested over 100 planes.