His first enterprise was the production of cigarette paper. Demirağ then invested his capital in the development of the Turkish railway network. Because of this investment, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk gave him the surname Demirağ, which translates as "iron net".
In 1936 he started an aircraft factory employing 500 people in Beşiktaş, Istanbul (later nationalized by the government and now occupied by the Istanbul Naval Museum). Construction of the Nu D.38 twin engine high wing light transport followed.
In 1946 he founded the first opposition party, which was named Milli Kalkınma Partisi (National Development Party), but his party was dissolved in 1958. He was elected deputy of Sivas for the Democratic Party as an independent candidate in 1954.
Demirağ donated his aircraft to his flying school (Gök Okulu) in Yeşilköy, created to interest young Turks in aviation. The land upon which the school was built was later nationalized by the Turkish government and is now the Atatürk International Airport.
Demirağ died in 1957 from diabetes.
- Biography of Nuri Demirag (Turkish)
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