Saturday, 10 September 2022

World's first flight across South Atlantic

 World's first flight across South Atlantic

Pilot, Naval Lieutenant aviator Artur de Sacadura Freire Cabral (1881-1924) and navigator rear admiral Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho (1869-1959) successfully completed the World's first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic on June 1922, from Lisbon, Portugal to Recife, Brazil.  They covered 8383 kilometers in 62 hours and 6 minutes.  They departed on the 30th of March and reached on the 5th of June.  As they realized that the journey would require landing on the sea, they flew in British-made floatplanes - the Fairey III biplane

In May 1919, Albert Cushing Read(1887-1967) commanded a crew of five on the Curtiss NC-4 flying boat, the first aircraft ever to make a transatlantic flight with 6 stops on the way.  

A.C.Read reached this milestone a couple of weeks before Alcock and Brown's non-stop flight, and eight years before Charles Lindbergh's first solo non-stop flight. Albert Read flew from New York, the USA to Plymouth, England.  On the way he stopped at Lisbon, Cabral was part of the group that greeted him.  This incident was the inspiration for Cabral.

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