Thursday, July 26, 2007

Remembering a Jordanian Hero



If you're talking to a foreigner about Jordan, and want to tell him about famous people from Jordan, late King Hussein and other Royals would come to mind, but then you might get puzzled about who to mention next.

If the person you're talking to is a pilot or is interested in air shows, Omar Bilal is the Jordanian you can always mention with pride and confidence.

Omar Bilal was a Jordanian pilot who was a member of our Air Force.
He performed some outstanding shows and won several Championship Awards and best solo displays awards in the mid-1990s, including the International Championship Award in Belgium in 1994.

On this day (July 26th) in 1997, he was performing in Belgium. He suddenly lost control over his plane for reasons which are still unkown, and his plane crashed killing him and eight others. He was 30 years old.

He made me and every Jordanian proud with his performances and victories.
His cousin created a website in his memory , and I also created a facebook group for him. Feel free to visit or join.
Here's a video of the sad crash a decade ago






Another video of Bilal's performance in his cockpit, thanks who's-sane

6 comments:

Mohanned said...

God bless his soul..

Who's-sane! said...

yes, he was one of the best.

hargeea, why don't you embed this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxmeSl2o2tY

it's an amazing performance for Omar from his cock pit

Rasheed said...

Allah yerhamu. But I always thought Jordanian heroes were people with names like Mash'hoor Hadithah, Feras Ajlouni, Toujan Faisal, 3ayda Dabbas, ...Jordanians who took risks for Jordan and what they believed in.

Ziad d. said...

I love how our small and humble country can have world class achievers like this young man who's life was cut short. Thank you for sharing him with us Fares. Bless him and his entire family.

Hareega said...

mohanned... amen

whi's-sane... nice video, will do

rasheed.. indeed they are. Bilal also died representing Jordan

zaid.. you're welcome

Na3ouri said...

الله يرحمه و يجعل مثواه الجنة