While American black people were still being treated as slaves or worse, Ottoman Muslim Air Forces member Ahmet Ali Efendi was the first Moorish pilot of the world. He participated in a lot of air missions.
OTTOMAN PILOT AHMET ALI EFFENDI WORLD’S FIRST MOORISH PILOT, 1916
Ahmet Ali Effendi (Ahmet Ali Çelikten) was an Ottoman aviator who may have been the first moorish military pilot in aviation history. Ahmet born was in 1883, in İzmir to his mother Zenciye Emine Hanım and father Ali Bey. His father was of African Turkish descent. His grandmother and grandfather were both from Nigeria. Ahmet worked hard to become a naval sailor and he entered the Naval Technical School by the name of Haddehâne Mektebi “School of the Blooming Mill” in 1904. In 1908, he graduated from school as a First Lieutenant (Mülâzım-ı evvel). And then he went to aviation courses in the Naval Flight School (Deniz Tayyare Mektebi) that was formed on 25 June 1914 at Yeşilköy. He was then a member of the Ottoman Air Force.
During World War I, Ahmet married Hatice Hanım who was an immigrant from Preveza. He became first moorish military pilot in aviation history when he started serving in November 1916. On the of 18th December 1917, Captain (Yüzbaşı) Ahmed Ali was sent to Berlin to complete aviation courses. He died in 1969.