abiha Gökçen was born in Bursa on March 21, 1913. She was
adopted by Ataturk (Founder and the first president of the Turkish Republic) during his trip to Bursa in 1925 and was brought to Ankara. Just after the introduction of Surname Act, Atatürk gave her the family name Gökçen on December 19, 1934.
Gök means sky in Turkish and Gökçen means 'belonging or relating to the sky'.
However, she was not an aviator at the date, it was only six months later that Sabiha developed a passion for flying.
She completed her education at Cankaya Elemantary School and Uskudar College for Girls. In 1935, she was enrolled in the Turkish Aviation League's "Turk Kusu" Civilian Aviation School.
She was sent to Russia, together with seven male students for advanced training in gliding; and subsequently enrolled at the Military Aviation Academy in Eskisehir in 1936. She also received training at the First Aircraft Regiment in Eskisehir, and
flew fighter and bomber planes. In 1937 she was presented with Turkish Aeronautical Association 'Murassa' - Gratification - Medallion at a ceremony attended by the President, the Prime Minister and the Commander of Turkish Armed Forces.
The same year she also received military aviation badge.