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In the year 1630s, Hezarafen Ahmed Çelebi who lived in Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire, built a set of glider wings that could be attached to his body.

Hezarafen jumped from the top of the Galata Tower in Istanbul with his wings and managed to glide across the Bosphorus strait to Doğancılar Square – about 2 miles away. Because of the height of the tower and its position on top of a hill, Hezarafen had the necessary altitude to make a successful crossing of the Bosphorus.

Since the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul separates the continents of Europe and Asia, Hezarafen Ahmed Çelebi’s flight can be considered as the “First intercontinental human flight” in history.

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