ALUPKA (QHA) -

"Amet-Khan entered my life as a daring falcon, from whom I learned to fly, a generous friend I could always rely on as myself, the lord of the great sky, which was always obedient to him ...", said the twice Hero of the Soviet Union, strike pilot Musa Gareyev.

This is one of dozens of statements about the legendary topnotch pilot who was called the "Ram's king" for his unusually conducted ram attack in the sky of Yaroslavl. His courage and boldness in conducting aerial battles made him a legend. He was called "Falcon Number One". He was called the "Heaven-born Pilot" for successful tests of aircrafts of the general designers of that time, like Yakovlev, Mikoyan, Tsybin, Tupolev, Antonov.

He was among the first to sign documents demanding "to return the Crimean Tatars to their homeland". Together with representatives of the Crimean Tatar people he went to the Red Square in Moscow. Amet-Khan Sultan was repeatedly summoned to the KGB and warned against participation in those actions, as the Crimean Tatar issue was a taboo. Despite this, he did not stop participating in the national movement, and moreover he hosted fellow countrymen.

In 1965, at a republican meeting of representatives of initiative groups in Andijon (Uzbekistan), the delegates decided to hold a celebration in honor of the 45th anniversary of the birth of Amet-Khan Sultan and to present him with a gift.

The idea of the gift embodied the story of the inseparable unity of the people and its hero, motherland and history. The falcon, bound by all ties to its native land, takes off over it, covering it with its wings and peering into the future - the gift was a luminaire made of pure silver with a double bottom with a diameter of 200 mm. A gold plate on the casing had the inscription: "In honor of the 48th anniversary of the Soviet Army and the Navy of the USSR, to twice Hero of the Soviet Union Amet-Khan Sultan from his native Crimean Tatar people."

The upper part of the casing had a plastic sphere with a schematic depiction of the territory of the USSR and the Kremlin Tower. The hands of the clock indicated 3 o'clock in the morning - the time when on 18 May 1944 the operation to evicting the Crimean Tatar people from the Crimea began.

Inside, under the sphere, was an image of the Crimean peninsula, arranged of pearls and colored stones. Amet-Khan’s home town, Alupka, was made of larger pearls. A plume of plastic was attached to the sphere, stretching to the sky after the Amet-Khan’s fighter-Mi-2 aircraft made of silver. The cockpit of the plane contained a micro-magnifier, through which the color image of Amet-Khan Sultan in the military uniform with military awards was seen.

The luminaire delighted by its beauty. A gift, filigree in technique, was a genuine work of art. The souvenir was made for folk remedies.

The author of the gift was Cevdet Kurtbedinov, a prisoner of Stalin's camps, a well-known engineer who once worked with Sergei Korolev, the general designer of the rocket and space industry of the USSR. The doctor Dilyara Ablaeva and the teacher Seyran Useinov helped in the manufacture of the luminaire.

It was not easy to deliver the gift to Moscow as the Crimean Tatars were under close surveillance by the KGB. Everything had to be carefully considered and therefore, Reber Ablaev, who was personally acquainted with Amet-Khan Sultan and visited his house in Zhukovsky near Moscow, was instructed to deliver the people's gift. Reber Ablaev, a disabled veteran, was an active participant in the Crimean Tatar national movement. He went to Moscow separately from his countrymen. And on February 25, 1966, together with Colonel Zeitulla Ablyamitov and Muksim Osmanov, they came to Amet-Khan’s home. They showed the gift. Amet-Khan was amazed by the beauty of the souvenir and exclaimed: "Who created this miracle?"

On February 27, 1966, in the solemn atmosphere, in the presence of 174 representatives of the Crimean Tatars, Bekir Osmanov, a reconnoiter- signaler, the legendary partisan of the Crimea, presented Amet-Khan Sultan in one of the cafes of the Sokolniki Park. A lot of people delivered their speeches. Congratulations, poems, folk songs were heard for an hour and a half. At the end, Amet-Khan Sultan himself spoke and warmly thanked his compatriots. The evening was recorded on magnetic tape, reproduced in 50 copies and distributed to the participants of the meeting.

In 2015, on the 95th anniversary of the birth of Amet-Khan Sultan, the permanent exposition "Life and battles of Amet-Khan Sultan" was renewed in the museum in his name in Alupka. The exhibition included a photo of the gift.

After the death of Amet-Khan Sultan, a unique relic, a gift of historical significance, fell into private hands and at this time, presumably, is in the United States.

The QHA news agency appeals to everyone who knows anything about the fate of the national gift, as well as about the unique tape recordings of the anniversary evening of Amet-Khan Sultan, to be reported to the editorial office.

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