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Reports from First flight across the South Atlantic Ocean in 1922 © Portuguese Navy, Arquivo Histórico da Marinha – Biblioteca Central

First flight across the South Atlantic Ocean in 1922

Registration year: 2011
Submission year: 
2010
Collection ID: 
2010-69

This original and unique document comprises two reports, one by Captain Gago Coutinho and the other by Captain Sacadura Cabral, both deriving from the first flight across the South Atlantic Ocean, in 1922, by floatplane, with only internal means of navigation (the Coutinho-invented sextant with artificial horizon) from Lisbon (Portugal) to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). This event is an important landmark in aeronautical history, and marks the use of the sextant in air navigation for the very first time. It reflects the courage and bravery of the Portuguese in "conquering airspace", almost 500 years after the discovery of Brazil.

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Reports from First flight across the South Atlantic Ocean in 1922 © Portuguese Navy, Arquivo Histórico da Marinha – Biblioteca Central
Reports from First flight across the South Atlantic Ocean in 1922
© Portuguese Navy, Arquivo Histórico da Marinha – Biblioteca Central
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