Umberto Nobile and the Arctic Search for the Airship Italia

Garth Cameron

Umberto Nobile was an airship designer and pilot who became an Arctic explorer. In 1926 he flew the airship ‘Norge' from Rome to Teller in Alaska, by way of the North Pole. He returned to the Arctic in 1928 with the airship ‘Italia', and disappeared on 25 May of the same year. This is the story of the ‘Italia', put into the context of the airship
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
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ISBN : 9781781556290
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.5 inches
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The Italian airship designer and pilot Umberto Nobile had flown to the North Pole and beyond in 1926. He resolved to go back to the Arctic with a new airship in 1928. There were areas of the Arctic that had not been explored and it was believed that new lands might be there to be discovered. The expedition had geographical and scientific aims, but the political environment was also an important motivator. Mussolini and his Fascist party had come to power in 1922 and a successful expedition to the Arctic would be good propaganda. Instead, however, the ‘Italia’ was to disappear on its return from Greenland, on 25 May 1928. By the time the expedition was over, eight of the crew and nine attempted rescuers were dead and scores more had been put in harm’s way. This is the story of the search for Nobile, the ‘Italia’, and his crew, and the many men from many countries who searched for them.

About The Author

Garth Cameron is a lawyer specialising in aviation law who lives on the South Island of New Zealand. He was educated at the University of Otago where he completed degrees in history and law, before becoming a commercial pilot and flying instructor. After he was admitted to the bar, he practiced criminal law for many years at his own practice, and now has turned to aviation law. He still flies and is also a glider pilot and instructor. This is his fourth book.

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