Statue erected in honor of Sacadura Cabral and Gago Coutinho, set off on the first flight across the southern Atlantic Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, on this plane plane This, the 3rd and last used to finish the crossing was a Fairey 17 named " Santa Cruz.... On the morning of March 30, 1922, at 7 pm, the FAIREY III, manned by Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral Took off the Tagus River, bound for Rio de Janeiro..
The crossing took place in several stages, between which the seaplanes were assisted
The 1st Fairey III , name Lusitânia lost one of ict floats and sank when ditching the seas near Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago.
The 2nd FaireyIII , baptized Patria took off from the island Fernando de Noronha, on the morning of May 11, flew over the cliffs and was flying to Brazil, when the engine stopped and forced them to once again make an emergency ditching in the middle of the ocean, where they drifted for nine hours up to being saved by the British cargo ship Paris City, which carried them back to Fernando Noronha
A 3rd Fairey III - baptized Santa Cruz by the wife of Epitácio Pessoa, the President of Brazil - was sent out, the carried by the cruiser NRP Carvalho Araújo. On June 5, the Santa Cruz was put in the waters of Fernando de Noronha and Coutinho and Cabral resumed flying to Recife, then to Salvador da Bahia, then to Vitoria and from there to Rio de Janeiro
Distance traveled 4527 miles in 62h26m, with an average speed of 72.5 nautical miles per hour ..
My Portuguese friends spoke to me with pride when they showed me this monument and out of curiosity I have just read some articles on this feat... One story more about Portugal ,,Just close to Belem tower !!
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