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Lençoenses personalities

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Jose Angelo Simioni

A Brazilian aviator, born in Lençóis Paulista in 1942, he began his great dream in the land of his grandfather, the construction of the airfield together with the municipal government of Lençóis Paulista, which carried out the earthworks of the land, and there begins one of the cradles of the aerobatic and sport aviation in Brazil.

 

After some time with the airport already installed and in full operation, the "fat" Simioni, as he was called by his friends, built one of the largest aircraft workshops at the time, and was a Cessna dealer in Brazil. Numerous paratroopers who came from all corners of Brazil and some even from abroad, gathered every weekend to jump in Simioni's Beech-bi, at Lençóis Paulista airport.

 

It was at this time that Circo Aéreo was born, today Esquadrilha Oi, started in Lençóis Paulista in 1981. Simioni had the acrobatic presence of Alberto Bertelli (the most legendary Brazilian acrobatics pilot of all times), Colonel Antonio Arthur Braga - the Coronel Braga - who accumulated the highest number of hours flown in North American T-6 aircraft worldwide, Carlos Edo (future leader of Circo Aéreo), Fernando Almeida, among others. José Ângelo Simioni purchased from the Brazilian Air Force all the parts and casings referring to the planes used by it, such as the N/A T-6, Beech-bi, Douglas DC-3, Consolidated PBY-Catalina, and even some fighters. Simioni was considered the biggest promoter and disseminator of T-6 in Brazil until that time.

 

José Ângelo Simioni died on September 9, 1983, during a presentation with his North American T-6, PT-KSZ, the unforgettable T-6 with a checkered front and silver fuselage, in the city of Limeira-SP, in the interior of São Paulo. , during an air show. Used to doing stunts with the T-6, unfortunately the plane went into a spin, the recovery was very low and the plane hit the ground. On the aircraft were Simioni and Márcia Mammana, an acrobat of the time. This was certainly one of the biggest losses for aerobatic aviation in our country.

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