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Comandante aviador João Ribeiro de Barros
from the book
Travessia do Atlântico
Courtesy of Oswaldo Brandão Tóffano
     If you search the net for "João Ribeiro de Barros" using Google, you will find about 627 links. The preeminent one is:
João Ribeiro de Barros
by Alex Pinheiro Machado Rodrigues
     This link takes you directly to the English verson. On it you will find nine subsections, Principal, Hymn, Spelling, Pictures, Guestbook, Links, The Adventure and Characteristics.
     In the "Picture" section, you will find 20 unique images, each with a detailed explanation and each which may be enlarged to show the maximum detail.
     In the "Link" section, you will find a link to the website of Anésia Pinheiro Machado, to the homepage of Alex Pinheiro Machado Rodrigues , who created and maintains both sites, and to three other interesting sites.
     In "The Adventure" section, you will find an extensive and comprehensive narrative of the event, written by José Raphael Toscano. He tells the whole story in great detail and a fascinating manner.
     In the "Characteristics" section, you will find a plan drawing of the JAHÚ, along with the detailed physical characteristics of the plane.
If you prefer it in Portuguese, just click on the title below.
João Ribeiro de Barros

JAHU Seaplane Project
     This website offers a remarkably complete and totally fascinating story of the epic flight. By clicking on the title above, you may select versions written in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian. The English version is well written and offers sections on The Epic, Cultural Project, Photos, Enterprises and Patronages, Links, News and Email. This is an excellent introduction to the subject and is well worth a visit.

by Julian Oller
     This article, which is to be found on the website of the Latin American Aviation Historical Society, LAAHS, offers a very readable and concise story of the epic flight of João Ribeiro de Barros and his crew. It includes an important and comprehensive review of four earlier attempts to cross the Atlantic. You can acccess it by clicking on the title above.
     While you are on the site, I highly recommend that you take advantage of the many other resources which are available. You will find that the LAAHS is a very valuable resource and offers many features of interest.

Travessia do Atlantico

by Oswaldo Brandão Tóffano
     Mais do que uma necessidade, é um dever cuidar do nome e do grande feito do conterráneo Comandante João Ribeiro de Barros. Escrevi e lancei um livro a seu respeito. Conheci e tornei-me amigo do grande Joãosinho. Num segundo livro que escrevi a respeito de "JAHU, 147 ANOS DE HISTÓRIA", 200 páginas, recentemente (foi best-seller) inclui a Travessia do Atlántico. Parabens pela sua brasilidade e patriotismo.
Oswaldo Brandão Tóffano atuando como jornalista em Campinas, aos 86 anos, residente da Cidade Universitária, Rua Dr. Heitor Nascimento, 173, Campinas, fone e fax 32893498 Internet Friday, December 27th, 2002 - 02:40:05 PM
     Editor's Note: The following is my attempt at translating and expressing the sense of the message above. I plan to improve it with the help of some of my Portuguese-speaking friends.
     More than just a necessity, it is our privilege to preserve the name and the great feat of our fellow countryman, Commander João Ribeiro de Barros. I wrote and published a book, TRAVESSIA DO ATLÂNTICO, which featured his epic journey. I knew and became a friend of the great Joãosinho. In the second book I wrote, "JAHU, 147 ANOS DE HISTÓRIA", I have included the story of the Atlantic Passage. It was recently a best seller.
Congratulations for its Brazilness and patriotism.
Oswaldo Brandão Tóffano, acting as a journalist in Campinas, as 86 years of age,
Resident of Cidade Universitária, Rua Dr. Heitor Nascimento, 173, Campinas,
Phone and fax: 3289-3498
     Editor's Note: This message is to be found on the Dreambook for Project JAHU website. This website, which is something like a "Guestbook", contains some 49 entries. They are all in Portuguese, but a machine-translation into English is easily obtained using the Babel Fish program. For anyone interested in the subject, who only reads English, the results are worth the effort. Even with the handicap of the machine-tranlation, I think you will be able to decipher the entries and you will find them to be of interest.
from the book
Travessia do Atlântico
Courtesy of Oswaldo Brandão Tóffano

     "João Ribeiro de Barros died young, very young, a victim of malaria which was endemic in Porto Praia. In that time, there was no specific medicine against the disease.
     Our hero had his body transferred from the local cemetery in Jaú to the mausoleum in the Praça da Matrix, or as it was known, "the garden above", in front of Church. Thousands and thousands of persons had crowded the streets of the city to pay homage to he who was beloved in life, and respected as a hero in death.
     A replica of the Jahú is a reality. People working on the project include Dr. Fernando de Almeida, president of the Associação Brasileira de Aeronaves Antiga and Clássicas (ABAAC), Dr. José Ribeiro de Barros, nephew of our hero and the enthusiast Dra. Aparecida Almeida Braga, who became fascinated with the cause of the "Jahu", and maintains an interest in the site on the Internet, Projeto Jahu. (JAHU Seaplane Project)
     The project includes, besides the replica, the restoration, a collection of books, a CD-ROM, a musical on CD, a commemorative postal stamp and displays honoring João Ribeiro and other national heros of aviation. The estimated cost of the project will be 7 million reais, there being 4 million devoted to the replica itself."

João Ribeiro de Barros died in 1947

Editor's Note:
If you have any information on this Early Flier,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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