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FIRST FLIGHT TO LOS RODEOS Print E-mail

In the late 1920s, Germany had strong economic relationships with the countries of South America, for which the transport of airmail became necessary to speed up the commercial transactions. This situation led the German company Lufthansa to take interest in establishing a stopover in the Canary Islands in its project for an airline with South America.  

In 1928 one of its Dornier Wal seaplanes had already flown to Gran Canaria, initiating a series of test flights to the islands. The following year Tenerife would be the objective of a new trip by Lufthansa flying the Arado V.1. prototype. The machine had been designed for long-range flights and scarce visibility and came from Berlin via Seville. The flight left several landmarks in the aviation of the Canaries, being the first terrestrial plane, i.e. non-hydro, to fly from Europe to the Archipelago, and the first to try Los Rodeos as an aerodrome.

It also completed the longest air connection with the islands with 4,250 kilometres from Germany, and the longest direct flight from the Mainland, with 1,670 kilometres. Furthermore, the crew found their sustenance in the Canarian bananas, seemingly the first island product to be transported by air and to be used as nourishment on a plane. The Arado V.1. left for Tenerife on the 6th of December, coming into view over Santa Cruz at around 2pm to head towards La Laguna, where it took the Mountain of San Roque for orientation in its route to the field of Los Rodeos. 

 

The flight of the Arado V.1. had caused such sensation in the island that, on the following day, before its departure, a great ceremony was organized in which the airplane was baptized with the name of Tenerife.


Article of the Historian Secundino E. Darias García and published in the magazine Binter News.

 
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21 June 2018




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