Necati Artan started his piloting career in 1950 and became one of the first jet pilots of Türkiye. He was the founder of National acroteam, the second acrobatics team of Turkish Air Force which is commonly known as "Flying Swans" and he was also the leader of acrobatics team "The Bats". The airshow performed by F-86 planes in İstanbul skies with 9 and 12 planes attracted enormous attention during that period. The acrobatics show performed over Dolmabahçe skies on October 31, 1965 has been talked about for many years. Necati Artan retired after serving as the commander of Fleet 191. One of the legends of Turkish Aeronautical History, Mr. Artan passed away on March 4, 2015.

Sivrihisar Aviation Center Facilities are named after Mr. Necati ARTAN.

Necati ARTAN

The mock-up Spitfire of his first solo flight

Yarasalar Akrotim

Acroteam pilots posing before the famous Dolmabahçe Display (30 October 1965)

Leader Major NECATİ ARTAN ve Captain Kaya Ergenç, First Lieutenant Osman Nuri Kefeli, First Lieutenant Orhan Esendemir, First Lieutenant Günan Güner, First Lieutenant Ergun Alpaşan, First Lieutenant Barlas Akidil, First Lieutenant Turhan Mezhepoğlu, First Lieutenant Mustafa Aksekili, First Lieutenant Güney Kayar, First Lieutenant Vural Sezer

Dolmabahçe Flight

Cumhuriyet newspaper main page on 1 November 1965 “Yesterday’s flight display by 9 jet planes that came from Merzifon Air Base created exciting moments for Istanbulites. They were watched with admiration and appreciation. Our airmen’s display ended with a figure called “Bomb Burst”

Acroteam - Istanbul Dolmabahçe 1965