Portuguese pilots José Manuel Sarmento de Beires (left) and António Jacinto da Silva Brito Paes, who attempted the first flight from Portugal to Macau, in 1924. Portuguese pilots José Manuel Sarmento de Beires (left) and António Jacinto da Silva Brito Paes, who attempted the first flight from Portugal to Macau, in 1924.
Portuguese pilots José Manuel Sarmento de Beires (left) and António Jacinto da Silva Brito Paes, who attempted the first flight from Portugal to Macau, in 1924.
Adam Nebbs
Opinion

Opinion

Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

How the ill-fated first flight from Portugal to Macau ended up in Shenzhen

  • When three Portuguese airmen took off from Lisbon 95 years ago, little did they imagine how fraught their journey would be
  • Having first crashed in India, the pilots set off in a new plane, only to crash-land in a cemetery

Portuguese pilots José Manuel Sarmento de Beires (left) and António Jacinto da Silva Brito Paes, who attempted the first flight from Portugal to Macau, in 1924. Portuguese pilots José Manuel Sarmento de Beires (left) and António Jacinto da Silva Brito Paes, who attempted the first flight from Portugal to Macau, in 1924.
Portuguese pilots José Manuel Sarmento de Beires (left) and António Jacinto da Silva Brito Paes, who attempted the first flight from Portugal to Macau, in 1924.
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Adam Nebbs

Adam Nebbs

Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.