One particular bird always fascinated Me. Not for its capabilities or rarity but because of its mission. This machine is an old Beechcraft Bonanza F33A owned by Captain António Faria e Mello, wheelchair aviator and 2 times earthrounder in that condition.
To Me António Faria e Mello represents the spirit of aviation, that “never give up” feeling that make us continue in front even with the major adversity ahead. It also represents that the ultimate place for a pilot is the sky no matter what it needs to take him there.
Earthrounding is not a new thing and the number of pilots who take this adventure doesn’t stop increasing and with the most amazing aircraft such as Autogyros or helicopters, of course the normal single or dual engine piston or turboprops are still the most used. Normally Earthrounders gather each year in a new location and this year will be in Russia in May. Their website is http://www.earthrounders.com/ and in there you get access to several information about earthrounding and a list of those who already made the voyage.
My virtual project is like a dual mission, first a tribute to Captain Faria e Mello and then a tribute to the Douglas Dakota. In order to do that I went to Faria e Mello’s website and got the route that he made on his second earthround and second picked up a FSX Douglas Dakota, in this case the “Gooney Bird” DC-3TP from South Africa to complete the mission.