Older than Rome, centre of a world wide Empire, our city soon got used to its vocation as a starting point for the finders of new worlds.
In the fifteen century Portugal started the glorious Age of Discovery. The explorations, discoveries and conquers made by man like Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral, D. Henrique and Afonso de Albuquerque, gave place to an increasing spirit of adventure in the Portuguese capital. As a legacy, today, Lisbon is the capital of the lusosphere, a group of countries spread over four continents that share the Portuguese language counting with an increasing number of speakers that has already surpassed 250 million.
The first aircraft known in the whole world to have flown was the Passarola in 1709 in the city of Lisbon in 1709. Its inventor was Priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão, a Portuguese Brazilian technician and aeronautical pioneer. Though nowadays the technical characteristics of the aircraft are not fully know, the flight of its Aerostat was witnessed by a crowd of dozens of aristocrats and general people in downtown Lisbon.
In 1922, Lisbon was the starting point for the first flight crossing the South Atlantic Ocean. This journey was successfully accomplished by the two Portuguese aviation pioneers, Admiral Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral that connected Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro in an expedition that took three months.
Today, we are part of Lisbon’s aeronautical history; we can guarantee that we will do our best to glorify our heritage!