Artur de Sacadura Cabral

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Artur de Sacadura Freire Cabral
Born (1881-05-23)23 May 1881
Celorico da Beira, Portugal
Disappeared November 15, 1924 (aged 43)
Northern Sea
Occupation Portuguese Navy officer
Known for First aerial crossing of the South Atlantic
  • Artur de Sacadura Freire Cabral (father)
  • Maria Augusta da Silva Esteves de Vasconcelos (mother)

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). Although some mechanical wreckage from his seaplane had been discovered four days later, the bodies were never recovered. [1] A statue dedicated to them is located in Lisbon. Another statue is located in his hometown, Celorico da Beira. 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. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 

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