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Historical Air Routes, Europe to Rio De Janeiro?

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Looking for online material on aircraft & airlines  that flew Europe to Rio, roughly between 1900 & 1970.

I think there was one at some stage that went from Paris to Casablanca, Casablanca to Rio. Possibly served by Flying Boats?

Searching so far tends to throw up today's flights.😀

Thanks

T45

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Well, if you're talking about the 1930s-1940s, then flying boats wouldn't have had the range for a Casablanca to Rio flight. 

Most likely they flew to the United States and then from there one would get a flight down to South America.

Dave

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If it's specifically Air France routes for Paris - Rio you're looking for:

This is from 1937 showing a number of stopovers along the African coast

 

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And this one from 1956 (with the Super Constellation and Vickers Viscount) affiche-ancienne-de-voyage-de-lucien-bou

These all appear to use Dakar in Senegal as the springboard for the last leg across the South Atlantic with the older routes landing in Natal before continuing on to Rio.

Cheers

Mallard

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In 1933 Lufthansa startet flights across the South Atlantic via Bathurst (today: Banjul, Gambia) to Natal (Brazil) with Dornier Wal Flying Boats. The distance was 3040 km. Flight time going west was 14 hours, going east 12,5 hours. Sometimes the start was supported by catapult on the deck of the vessel "Westfalen".

This info with many more details are from the book "Flugbuch Atlantik"; German language.

Good luck with your research.

Rüdiger

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The pre-WW II Luft Hansa (as it was back then) flights were almost exclusively an air mail service... They also used airships on that route.

Lots about that on

https://flughafenbb.com/1919-1945/sudamerika/

Which is mainly in German, but has quite a number of illustrations with remarks in English.

Cheers

Mallard

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Air France launched its Concorde service to Rio de Janeiro via Dakar in January 1976. Details here. I appreciate it’s outside your dates but useful nevertheless perhaps.

https://www.heritageconcorde.com/concorde-first-scheduled-services

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