Artur de Sacadura Cabral

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Artur de Sacadura Freire Cabral
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Born 23 May 1881
Celorico da Beira, Portugal
Died 15 November 1924 (1924-11-16) (aged 43)
Northern Sea
Cause of death
Plane crash
Occupation Portuguese Navy officer
Known for First aerial crossing of the South Atlantic
Parents Artur de Sacadura Freire Cabral
Maria Augusta da Silva Esteves de Vasconcelos

Artur de Sacadura Freire Cabral, GCTE (23 May 1881 – 15 November 1924), known simply as Sacadura Cabral (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɐkɐˈduɾɐ kɐˈbɾaɫ]), was a Portuguese aviation pioneer who in 1922, together with Gago Coutinho (1869–1959), conducted the first flight across the South Atlantic Ocean, and also the first using astronomical navigation only, from Lisbon, Portugal, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On 15 November 1924, he disappeared while flying over the English Channel, along with his co-pilot, Mechanical Corporal José Correia, due to fog and his shortening eyesight (which never kept him from flying). The remains of the plane were found four days later, but there was no sign of the bodies. [1] A statue dedicated to them is located in Lisbon. Another statue is located in his hometown, Celorico da Beira. Descendants of Sacadura Cabral can still be found in aviation.

He was the granduncle of Portuguese politicians Miguel Portas and Paulo Portas.

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  1. ^ Sodré, João. "Sacadura Cabral Pioneer Airman". Vidas Lusophonus. Retrieved 16 February 2012.