It is not possible to talk about Santa Maria Island in recent decades without talking about the airport. Having the 2nd largest runway in the Azores (the first is located at the base of Lajes, Terceira island), Santa Maria played a major role in World War II.
However, with the end of the war and the increased autonomy of airplanes, the importance of the airport decreased dramatically.
Air control of flights between Europe and America is still important, it receives flights from local airline SATA and stopovers of private flights, as well as large cargo planes.
The result is a huge photographic collection of the airport, its dynamics, its aircrafts and its immersion in the colors of Santa Maria (especially when nights fall on the island). (2)
Due to the great evolution of aircraft, the images of Helio Rebelo will soon assume historical and reference value. In a few years it will be possible to remember the airport at the beginning of the 21st century through his work.sapo.pt
(2) An extensive collection of Hélio Rebelo can be found here.