Tahsin Şahinkaya

Tahsin Şahinkaya (1 May 1925[1][2][3] – 9 July 2015) was a Turkish Air Force general.[4] He was Commander of the Turkish Air Force from 1978 to 1983, and previously Secretary-General of the National Security Council (1977–1978). He was one of the five leaders of the 1980 military coup, and after the coup he was a member of the Presidential Council.

Tahsin Şahinkaya
Commander of the Turkish Air Force
In office
21 August 1978  6 December 1983
Preceded byEthem Ayan
Succeeded byHalil Sözer
Personal details
Born(1925-05-01)1 May 1925
Merzifon, Turkey
Died9 July 2015(2015-07-09) (aged 90)
Istanbul, Turkey
Resting placeKaracaahmet Cemetery
Military service
Branch/serviceTurkish Air Force
Years of service1943–1983

In 2012, a court case was launched against Şahinkaya and Kenan Evren relating to the 1980 military coup.[5] Both were sentenced to life imprisonment on 18 June 2014 by a court in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.[6]


Şahinkaya died at age 90 in the military "Haydarpaşa GATA Hospital" in Istanbul on July 9, 2015.[7] He was interred at Karacaahmet Cemetery on July 11 following a memorial ceremony held at the Turkish First Army headquarters in the Selimiye Barracks and subsequent religious funeral service at the nearby Big Selimiye Mosque in Üsküdar. He was survived by his wife Sema, son Serdar, daughter Sevgi Kartal and son-in-law Mustafa Kartal.[8]


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