Syrian officers at the Mezzeh Military Airport near Damascus in October 1947

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Image Source: Nasser Katma Archive

First from the left is Abdul Karim Katma, one of the ten co-founders of the Syrian Air Force.
He rose in rank in the Syrian Army until the Baathists dismissed him, at the age of 41, on March 8, 1963.
He died at the age of 84 on March 31, 2006.