Amazing Footage Of Pilot Flying Plane Over River Douro

StoryfulPublished: January 30, 20174,182 views
Published: January 30, 2017

A video has emerged of a pilot flying his plane in River Douro in Portugal during his efforts to help combat the country’s forest fires in August 2016.

Footage shows Jose Leite’s controlled descent of the aircraft, and it makes for intense and extremely interesting viewing. Watch the amazing view of River Douro and enjoy this mesmerizing moment as the pilot glides in the air along this famous river.

Rio Douro roughly translates from Portuguese as "river of gold." The Douro cuts across northern Portugal, snaking 200 miles from rugged wilderness on the Spanish frontier to the old city of Oporto and the Atlantic beyond. Grapes grown on its steeply rising banks have been sending forth legendary port wines for centuries. It may be the world's most beautiful wine region.

Douro River is the third longest river of the Iberian Peninsula spread across 30,539 square miles. Rising in the Sierra de Urbión in Spain, the river crosses the Numantian Plateau in a pronounced bend and flows generally westward for 556 miles across Spain and northern Portugal to the Atlantic Ocean at Foz do Douro. As far as Aranda de Duero, Spain, it is narrowly confined by its banks, it then widens across the broad plains of Old Castile.

Beyond Zamora the river narrows again, and when it reaches the border with Portugal which it follows for 70 miles, it plunges about 1,250 feet within 30 miles in a series of gorges and rapids. In Portugal, between Peso da Régua and Porto, the river has considerable barge traffic, taking the wine from the port-wine area to Vila Nova de Gaia from Pedorido to Porto there is some coal traffic. The river mouth is silted, and the artificial port of Leixões has grown up to the north of the estuary.

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