Sharif al-Ulama family
Pahlavi dynasty (by marriage)
Mohammad Amir Khatami
Mohammad Amir Khatami (Persian: محمدامیر خاتمی) (1920
– 12 September 1975), CVO, was the commander of the Iranian air
force, advisor to
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the second husband of
Princess Fatimeh Pahlavi, half-sister of the Shah.
1 Early life and education
3 Personal life
5.1 National honours
5.2 Foreign honours
Early life and education
Khatami was born in
Rasht in 1920. His father was a tea house owner
and later dealt with real estate. His mother was a relative of Imam
Jomeh, a significant religious figure in
Tehran and a relative of Nasr
ed Din Shah.
After graduating from the American High School in Tehran, Khatami then
attended the military high school. In 1939, he began to study at
the air force branch of the military college and graduated as a second
lieutenant. Next he went to the United Kingdom and joined pilot
training courses. He graduated from the Royal Air Force College
Cranwell. He was also trained at Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base,
Germany, in the 1950s.
Gholam Reza Pahlavi
Gholam Reza Pahlavi (left) and Mohammad Khatami
In 1946, Khatami was named personal pilot of the Shah. Days
before the 19 August 1953 coup on 16 August, the Shah, accompanied by
his second wife Sorayya Esfandiary Bakhtiari and Aboul Fath Atabay,
Iraq and then to
Italy by a plane aviated by
Khatami. In 1957, Khatami was appointed chief of staff for
the imperial air force. He succeeded Hedayat Gilanshah in the
post following the latter's death in a plane crash. Khatami served
in this post until his death in 1975.
In addition, he served as the chairman of the board of the Iranian
National Airlines and chief of the council of the Civil Aviation
Department. He was also co-owner of a construction company.
Khatami married twice. His first spouse was his cousin with whom he
had a daughter. She was killed in an accident in 1954. Then Khatami
Fatimeh Pahlavi on 22 November 1959, half-sister of
the Shah. The Shah and his then fiancée Farah Diba
attended the wedding ceremony.
They had two sons, Kambiz (born 1961) and Ramin (born 1967), and a
daughter, Pari (born 1962).
CIA report argues that Khatami was close to Hossein
Fardoust and Taqi Alavikia, and that they were part of a dowreh, or
circle of associates. The dowreh, along with familial relations, was a
significant element in the political functioning of
Iran in the
Pahlavi era. Until his death, Khatami raised his wealth to nearly
Khatami died in a kiting accident on 12 September 1975 in
Dezful. His death has been considered to be mysterious and the
Shah was implicated in his death.
Order of Humayoun, 1st class (Imperial State of Iran).
Commander of the
Royal Victorian Order
Royal Victorian Order [CVO] (United Kingdom, 2 March
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of
Germany (Federal Republic of Germany, 21 October 1965).
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Commanders of the Imperial Iranian Air Force
A. Nakhjavan (1924–30)
A. Nakhjavan (1931–32)
A. Nakhjavan (1933–37)
Bouzarjmehri (1941; caretaker)
M. Firouz (1942)
M. Nakhjavan (1942–43)
M. Firouz & Mohanna (1943; co-commanders)
A. Nakhjavan (1943)
H. Firouz (1943–44)
See also: Commanders of the Islamic Republic of
Iran Army Air Force