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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 09:25 PM GMT+7
Fonthill Media has published ‘Umberto Nobile’ by Garth Cameron a book inspired by the adventure and politics during the search for the airship Italia lost in the Arctic in the late 1920s
By the time it was over, eight of the crew and nine rescuers were dead and scores more had been put in harm’s way. The disappearance and search for the airship Italia was headline news, all over the world, for months after its last radio message on 25 May 1928. It had reported being to the north-east of its base at Kings Bay, on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, returning from a long flight to Greenland and the North Pole. Ships, aircraft and men from many countries converged on Kings Bay to participate in the rescue effort. The Italian airship designer and pilot
Umberto Nobile had flown to the North Pole and beyond in 1926. He resolved to return to the Arctic with a new airship in 1928. The expedition had geographical and scientific aims, but the political environment was also an important motivator. Benito Mussolini and his fascist party had come to power in 1922 and a successful expedition to the Arctic would be excellent propaganda.

Loss of the airship Italia in 1928; the mystery illuminated by new research including:
-Benito Mussolini, Fascism and the airship Italia
-Airship designer/pilot Umberto Nobile and the airship age
-Airships, aviation, nationalism and the totalitarian governments of Italy and the Soviet Union

ISBN: 978-1-78155-629-0 - Umberto Nobile - Garth Cameron

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A fascinating little corner of aviation history. Previously dramatized in a little book call "The Red Tent" and a somewhat campy Italian film of the same name in the 1960s with Peter Finch as Nobile, and Sean Connery as Roald Amundson.
AUG 29, 2017 - 11:31 PM
Yes I remember that: La tenda rossa, the music was scored by Ennio Morricone. The gorgeous Claudia Cardinale was in it too
AUG 30, 2017 - 12:07 PM
I thought the movie was pretty darn good. They used the Russian Icebreaker Tesarvich (or something like that) used for the actual incident (a museum ship) still operational for the rescue scenes. Saw I on the History channel some years ago. Nice airplane shots. Captn Tommy
AUG 31, 2017 - 02:30 AM
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