National Geographic : 1919 Nov
Photograph bvMaynard Owvn illian s WHEN THE TU'RKS SWOOPED DOWN FROM THE AIR ON BEIRUT On February 15, Ig9T,Fathy Bey and Sadek Bey, two Turkish aviators, arrived at Beirut on their wayfrom Constantinople toCairo. Vedrines, Bonnier, and Dracourt had preceded them by a few weeks. The Ottoman airmen are buried beside the tomb ofSaladin, inDamascus: they fell to their death while passing over the Sea of Galilee, whose treacherous air currents dashed them tothe ground near thefamous field where the knightly Saracen defeated the Franks in the battle of Hattin. Air caravans ;,bove Syria will inevitably supplement railway traffic just asthe thundering trains are already supplementing the leisurely traffic by camel caravan.