Sabiha Gökçen (Turkish: [sabiha ?œct?æn]; 22 March 1913 – 22 March 2001) was a Turkish aviator.
She was the world's first female fighter pilot, aged 23.
Others such as Marie Marvingt and Evgeniya Shakhovskaya preceded her as military pilots in other roles, but not as fighter pilots and without military academy enrollment.
She was an orphan, and one of the thirteen adopted children of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
She is recognized as the first female combat pilot by The Guinness Book of World Records and was selected as the only female pilot for the poster of "The 20 Greatest Aviators in History" published by the United States Air Force in 1996.