Saeed Al-Shahat writes: One day.. January 26, 1930.. Muhammad Sidqi, the first Egyptian pilot, landed in Alexandria with his plane, and the masses carried him on their necks.. And the prince of poets Ahmed Shawky and others praised him with poems

Saeed Al-Shahat writes: One day.. January 26, 1930.. Muhammad Sidqi, the first Egyptian pilot, landed in Alexandria with his plane, and the masses carried him on their necks.. And the prince of poets Ahmed Shawky and others praised him with poems
Saeed Al-Shahat writes: One day.. January 26, 1930.. Muhammad Sidqi, the first Egyptian pilot, landed in Alexandria with his plane, and the masses carried him on their necks.. And the prince of poets Ahmed Shawky and others praised him with poems
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The Egyptian young man, Mohamed Sedky, decided to fly a small plane from Berlin, the capital of Germany, to Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The Egyptians received the news with great enthusiasm, considering that his owner would be the first Egyptian pilot, and the enthusiasm reached the point of forming committees to follow up the event, and all donations to celebrate the hero, as he mentioned. The novelist, Yahya Haqqi, in his book “Pages of the History of Egypt,” indicating that “Sidqi” decided to fly the small plane from Berlin to Cairo was in December 1929, adding: “If the distance is a heel rub now, then it was enormous at that time.” ».

Abd al-Rahman al-Rafi’i mentions in the second part of his book “In the Aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution, the Revolution of 1919,” that Muhammad Sidqi completed studying the art of flying in Germany, and intended to return to Egypt on his plane, and he was a young man full of daring and courage, as soon as the Egyptians knew that he intended to do this The bold flight, until their hearts beat in admiration for this citizen, and his flight was fraught with dangers and dangers, as it took place in the coldest months of the year.

“Haqqi” monitors the state of anticipation and general joy, since the announcement of the news, and mentions: “A committee to receive the Egyptian pilot was formed in the Higher Trade Club, and its secretary, Abdel Halim Mahmoud, made an appeal in the newspapers on December 11, 1929, in which he said: Today Egypt is proud of a dear one of its sons who is touring He boarded the air aiming for its feathers, yes, he is the pilot Muhammad Effendi Sidqi, whose immortal memory Egypt records in its proud record, and his glory lines the highest of its beacons, because he is the first Egyptian pilot to make this flight that raises the reputation of Egypt as a whole, and raises the head of the entire East, and is worthy of you, citizens. Dear, that your reception of this dear comer to you will be a welcome that Egypt witnesses his majesty, and that sincerity shows his joy and beauty. The ancient Egypt in its glory is more worthy of knowing the glory of its builder and preserving the credit for his family. The entire world is waiting from far and near what the Egyptians show towards the Egyptian who was raised in History listened to their banner and raised their building to the heights of greatness.

“Haqqi” confirms that the movement began after this call, and he states: “The Aviation Department of the Ministry of Communications wrote to the Telegraph Authority asking it to contact the ships that travel in the Mediterranean Sea to help the pilot when needed and monitor his plane, and wrote to the Border Authority and the Customs Authority to facilitate the way for him, and suggested some The newspapers assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to our plenipotentiary ministers and consuls abroad to seek with governments to provide assistance and facilities to the Egyptian pilot, and a committee consisted of school students and Al-Azhar Al-Sharif to hold a ceremony honoring the pilot, and a committee consisted in Alexandria and invited judges of civil, mixed and Sharia courts, prosecutors, doctors, engineers and royal employees Grade four and above, and members of the press, to contribute to welcoming the Egyptian pilot.

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On December 14, 1929, “Sidqi” began his journey by plane, and “Haqqi” mentions that the newspapers announced the start of subscription for the honoring ceremonies, and promised to publish the names of the participants, and on December 18 they published the names of the donors, and since its launch, the Egyptian newspapers followed the trip, and the bad weather conditions that met it, what “Sidqi” was forced to postpone his flight from one European city to another, and the bad conditions caused the postponement of his arrival in Egypt, and it was expected that it would be on Thursday, December 19, 1929, and it was scheduled after his arrival that he would stay in Cairo for a week, then leave it to Alexandria, and from there to Bani Gazi, Tunis, Algeria, Barcelona, ​​Marseille, Lyon, Paris, Rotterdam and Berlin.

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The Egyptian newspapers were busy daily with the news of “Sidqi” and the circumstances of his trip until “Kawkab Al-Sharq” newspaper reported on January 25 that he would arrive at Heliopolis Airport at three o’clock in the afternoon of January 26, the same day, 1930, and “Haqqi” confirms that “Kawkab Al-Sharq appeared on January 26, 1930, and on its front page was a large headline announcing: “The arrival of the first Egyptian pilot to the land of Egypt – the Alexandrian people and their joy. Today, the ministers receive the pilot at Heliopolis Airport.” According to the newspaper, Sidqi landed in Alexandria and did not land in “Heliopolis.” .

On January 27, 1930, the newspapers published the news of the arrival of “Sidqi” and that people carried him on their shoulders with tears of joy in their eyes, and poets wrote their poems in tribute to him. Khalil Mutran said a poem beginning with: “Returning under the auspices of the Most Merciful / The Nile is satisfied with you and the Herman.” And the Emir of Poets Ahmed Shawky wrote: “Aftermath in the clouds of the air, / Or clouds, fleeing from the raging winds.” And Abdul-Ghani Hassan wrote: “Take the sky to its heights as an airport / And throw the passages of space and they flew.”

“Haqqi” explains all this enthusiasm in welcoming the first Egyptian pilot as “a burning eagerness in the hearts of the people of the East to nullify the West’s superiority over them.”

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