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Persian readers to enjoy memoirs of pilot of first flight to Iran
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Walter Mittelholzer in an undated photo
Walter Mittelholzer in an undated photo
TEHRAN – The Iranian translator Seyyed Saeid Firuzabadi is currently working on the memoirs of the Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer who made the first flight to Iran in 1925. 
 
“Flying to Persia” will be probably be published by Farhang-e Moaser in May 2014.
 
In this book, Mittelholzer chronicles his adventures during the 104-day voyage to Iran.
 
Mittelholzer took off from Zürich on December 18, 1924, to fly to Persia. His aircraft was a Junkers A 20 floatplane and named Switzerland. 
 
He was forced to remain for a month in Turkey due to diplomatic problems but continued on and arrived in Tehran on January 27, 1925. The purpose of the flight was to demonstrate the aircraft to the Persian authorities. 
 
The demonstration proved successful and the aircraft was sold after being refitted with a new engine in March. In May, Junkers sent new offers and received an order for a second A 20. 
 
Mittelholzer (1894–1937) was a Swiss aviation pioneer. He was active as a pilot, photographer, travel writer, and also as one of the first aviation entrepreneurs.
 
Mittelholzer earned his private pilot’s license in 1917, and in 1918, he completed his instruction as a military pilot.
 
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