Author(s): Garth Cameron
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.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 August 2017|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||32 black-and-white photographs|