A flight to the origins of Spanish aviation – EFE News

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Santander (EFE).- Las Naves de Gamazo in Santander hosts until February the “Volar” exhibition, a journey through the origins of Spanish aviation and one of the advances that has most contributed to changing the world .


“Flying. The origins of aviation in Spain”, organized by aeronautical historian Ángel Sánchez, aims to rediscover the memory of the men but also of the women who became air pioneers.

Aviation: from risky sport to planetary phenomenon

Through more than 200 pieces, many originals of the time and a life-size reproduction of the Hedilla Monocoque II aircraft, designed by Salvador Hedilla of Cantabria, it is reflected how the aircraft went from being the protagonist of a “risky and minority” sport to be a global phenomenon that rewrites the world”.

EFE/ Celia Aguero Pereda

“I made the exhibition that I would have liked to see, with the intention that people leave saying that I learned something”, assured the curator who underlined during the opening this Thursday that traveling around the world can no longer be imagined without planes, when 110 years ago, flying was an adventure.

And he explained that aviation finds “its raison d’être” in passenger transport, as a phenomenon that transforms and structures the territory due to its “great value” in uniting all the countries of the world.

Cantabria, air pioneer

The exhibition brings together pieces donated by private collectors and 18 image-lending institutions such as Agencia EFE, Iberia or the Spanish Cinematheque.

Moreover, it is divided into seven sections that show everything from the objects of daily life at the beginning of the 20th century and the precariousness of the first flights, to the surprising beginnings of aviation in Cantabria.

Among all the pieces, the life-size plane of Salvador Hedilla stands out, who made his first flight between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca in his Hedilla II monocoque aircraft in two hours and 16 minutes.

It is not the only nod to Cantabria, but the exhibition recovers the first flights in the region from 1910 with the year of the first flight until 1929 when the “Canary Bird”, the plane Bernard 191GR, will take off from the American beach of Old Orchard, in Maine, tries to reach Paris but runs out of fuel and lands on the beach of Oyambre, in Comillas.

From aeronautics in Cantabria, through photography to remember, flight experience, red carpet, passenger machinery and airports, to women and aeronautics, these are the sections that encompass this exhibition produced entirely by Fundación Enaire.


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