The High-Flying Bin Ladens -- 12 Osama Kin Hold FAA Licenses

Tarek bin Laden, a half-brother of Osama who is also on the board of the SBG firm. He was licensed in June 1985.

Carmen bin Laden, an ex-wife of Yeslam bin Laden, who lives in Switzerland. Her license was issued in July 1976.

Abdul Aziz bin Laden, a half-brother of bin Laden who has held a commercial pilot's license since October, 1978.

Abdullah bin Laden, an Osama half-brother who received a commercial pilot's license in June, 2009.

Randa bin Laden, a half-sister of Osama who received her private pilot's license in October 1978.

Ghalib bin Laden, a half-brother of Osama who has held a FAA commercial pilot's license since March 1991.

Nawaf bin Laden, a nephew of Osama, who received a commercial pilot's license from the FAA in September 1994. He is the son of Bakr bin Laden, whose FAA license was revoked for "security concerns."

Najiah bin Laden, a half-sister of Osama who formerly lived in Los Angeles. She holds a private pilot's license, first issued in August, 1993.

Shafig bin Laden, a half-brother of Osama who received a student pilot's license in 1995.

Khalil bin Laden, a half brother of Osama who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and who received his student pilot's license this June.

The bin Laden Family's Affinity For Flying

The bin Laden family has a long and checkered history with aviation going back to the death of family patriarch Mohammed bin Laden, who was killed in 1967 when his Beechcraft plane crashed near Usran, Saudi Arabia after trying to land on a mountain airstrip near a construction site.

After Mohammed's death one of his eldest sons, Salem bin Laden, took over the family construction business and empire. Salem bin Laden incorporated his own aviation firm in Texas, bin Laden Aviation, and obtained a U.S. commercial pilot's license in August of 1986. However, like his father, Salem bin Laden died in a plane crash, when the ultra-light plane he was piloting drifted into electric power lines outside of San Antonio, Texas in 1988.

Of course, Mohammed bin Laden's 17th child, Osama, would become notorious for the plot to use hijacked jets to launch an attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

On a videotape discovered by U.S. forces, bin Laden claimed he knew all along the World Trade Center towers "would collapse."

Eric Longabardi is an award-winning producer and investigative journalist who is a frequent contributor to the Blotter, ABCNews.com's investigative page.

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