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Across the Atlantic Ocean in style.

Stanisław Skarzynki was the first Polish pilot to cross the Atlantic, a feat he achieved on May 8th 1933. The flight that went down in history took approximately 20 hours and 30 minutes, and covered a distance of 3582 kilometres – the world record for light sports aircraft. He took off from the West coast of Africa (Saint Louis in Senegal) and landed in Maceió, West Brazil. All the while wearing a suit!

Whilst in South America he gave a tournée around Brazil where he was warmly welcomed, especially by Polish ex-pats.

He was awarded the Louis Blériot medal by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1936. He was also awarded the Polonia Restitua order and was promoted to the rank of major.