Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi (1609-1640), an inhabitant of Istanbul in the 17th century Ottoman Empire is credited with the first appropriate flight with artificial wings in the history of aviation. The event took place in the year 1638 during the tenure of Sultan Murad IV. Hezarfen took off from the 183-foot tall Galata Tower near Bosporus and landed successfully at Uskudar, on the other side. 

Evliya Celebi, historian and chronicler and an eyewitness, recorded vividly in his Seyahatname (a book of travel). Sultan Murad IV was inordinately pleased. Hezarfen was awarded a thousand gold pieces. However he was exiled to Algeria.

Istanbul has changed  a lot since his time…