09 Jan 2008 • 1,023 views
Coutinho and Cabral, Belem, Lisbon
First flight across the South Atlantic.
This is a full size replica of the Fairey-400 hydroplane that was used to make the first ever flight across the South Atlantic, and stands close to the waterfront at Belem, Lisbon.
Starting from Lisbon Gago Coutinho (1869-1959)
and Sacadura Cabral (1881 - 1922)
made the flight from Lisbon to Rio da Janiero between March 30th and 22 June 1922 - arriving in time for the celebrations marking the centennial of Brazil's independence.
They used three of these planes. The flight demonstrated Coutinho's use of a sextant with an artificial horizon, you can read more about it in the link attached to his name. The final plane that was used in the flight is housed in the - Marine Museum -
Picture taken almost a year ago, I know the sky is overbright - it was a bright day. Perhaps I could achieve a better result now that I have more experience with this camera..
Here's a link to Youtube song - "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" -
- specially for Chris .
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