On our air show there will be a faithful, 1: 1 scale copy of the Polish RWD-5 sport and tourist aircraft.
On such a plane in 1933, Stanisław Skarżyński made a record flight of 3582 km from Africa (St. Louis, Senegal) to South America (Maceió, Brazil), mostly over the Atlantic.
Some interesting facts:
- Stanisław Skarżyński defeated this distance in … a suit and a tie because the double tourist plane with a covered cabin was a very innovative construction in those days.
- The flight took the pilot 20 hours and 30 minutes. The aviator’s diet consisted of bananas, oranges, chocolate, sweets and Cola (No CocaCola, only a caffeine-rich drink made from the nut extract of the kola). The supply of food had to be large, because snacking was a way of piloting the fight with drowsiness and lasted practically throughout the flight.
- It is not the flight itself that is considered an extraordinary feat, as such flights already happened in those days, the fact that it was made on a plane so small. To this day, it is not only the smallest plane but also the smallest flying machine that has ever defeated the Atlantic Ocean. On May 8, last year, 80 years have passed since this feat.