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Disaster at the Pole: The Tragedy of the Airship Italia and the 1928 Nobile Expedition to the North Pole ebook

by Wilbur Cross


Author Wilbur Cross interviewed Nobile in Italy and many of the other survivors. In 1925, the renowned Italian aeronautical engineer Nobile flew over the North Pole in a dirigible, at the time a considerable feat of scientific inquiry.

Author Wilbur Cross interviewed Nobile in Italy and many of the other survivors. Recommended for anyone interested in Arctic survival, a lot of it is reminiscent of "In the Land of the White Death", though for anyone wanting to know about the circumstances of Roald Amundsen's death should look elsewhere, as it's barely mentioned except to say that his plane was overdue, and some of the Norwegian people were hostile to Nobile after the. rescue since the Italians did practically nothing to rescue their own people.

Disaster at the Pole book. General Umberto Nobile, one of the great aeronautical engineers of the 20th century, saw airships as a way of accomplishing great feats of exploration while winning worldwide acclaim for Italy. The great twentieth-century polar. To this end he designed the Italia, a groundbreaking, cutting edge semi-rigid ship, able to withstand twisting wind shear that proved so deadly to fully-rigid Zeppelin-type dirigibles. Little was understood about the Arctic environment and weather conditions at the time, and any new discoveries at all were certain to earn worldwide acclaim.

Cross, Wilbur (2000) Disaster at the Pole.

Retrieved May 1, 2017. Umberto Nobile ~The North Pole Flights". Retrieved May 1, 2017. Cross, Wilbur (2000) Disaster at the Pole. This biographical article related to the Norwegian military is a stub.

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The Airship Italia disaster of 1928 has unfortunately been nearly forgotten today, but in its time captivated the world

The Airship Italia disaster of 1928 has unfortunately been nearly forgotten today, but in its time captivated the world. I've read a number of books on the incident and this one ranks with the best (I even have an aviation text from that same year that was published after the accident, but before the rescue. The readers were left hanging!). While attempting to fly to the North Pole under the command of Italian General Umberto Nobile, land on the ice, and return, the airship Italia crashes on the pack ice hundreds of miles from civilization.

The Airship Italia disaster of 1928 has unfortunately been nearly forgotten today, but in its time captivated the .

The Airship Italia disaster of 1928 has unfortunately been nearly forgotten today, but in its time captivated the world. While attempting to fly to the North Pole under the command of Italian Gen Umberto Nobile, land on the ice, and return, the airship Italia crashes on the pack ice hundreds of miles from civilization

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In the grand tradition of Endurance and The Worst Journey in the World, Cross offers the tragic tale of Umberto Nobile, one of Italy's premier aeronautical engineers, whose 1928 attempt to land an airship at the North Pole resulted in a crash that stranded the survivors on an ice floe some 300 miles from civilization.

The airship Italia, commanded by General Umberto Nobile, crashed during its return flight from the North Pole in 1928. The cause of the accident was never satisfactorily explained. We present evidence that the crash may have been fatigue-related

The airship Italia, commanded by General Umberto Nobile, crashed during its return flight from the North Pole in 1928. We present evidence that the crash may have been fatigue-related. Nobile's memoirs indicate that at the time of the crash he had been awake for at least 72 h. Sleep deprivation impairs multiple aspects of cognitive functioning necessary for exploration missions. Just prior to the crash, Nobile made three command errors, all of which are of types associated with inadequate sleep.

Against the backdrop of Mussolini's rising power, one of Italy's premier aeronautical engineers, Unberto Nobile, gained acclaim by crossing the North Pole in a dirigible. Buoyed by this success, Nobile decided in 1928 to raise the ante and take his newly designed airship to the North Pole, land it, and then return to base. But what started in glory turned to disaster when the airship crashed some 300 miles from civilization.

The true story of the harrowing wreck of the dirigible Italia during a polar expedition and the heroic rescue attempts to save her and her crew.
Saberblade
I read a lot of polar expeditions and this one rates up there with the best of them. Poor Nobile, he got such a bad rap from this trip. The author does a good job of explaining why and it makes you feel for the guy. He seemed like a stand up character. Would loved to have shook his hand, too bad he died the year I was born. I found the book interesting because it was the first of it's kind, a "lighter than air" craft trip to the pole. I have read many with boats obviously, and read one that was with a hot air balloon so this one stands alone because of it's uniqueness. Highly recommended!
Wizard
I had recently read the 1st edition of this true story, from the library. As the Germans had their brilliant Zepplin commander, Dr Eckner, the Italians had their General Nobile. Both were intent on doing things with airships that some thought impossible. In the case of Nobile, it was the 2nd trip of a Italian made airship to the North Pole with many scientific studies to be completed enroute and to even possibly land at the Pole and then to return home. The disastrous weather conditions in returning finally caused a crash landing on an ice flow and the frustrating attempts to keep alive and be rescued. It is difficult to put this book down and is well worth the read.
virus
wonderful book, thanks
ladushka
Good book in good condition
Contancia
Even though they flew over the pole, the airship actually north of the arctic circle, but near some Norwegian islands. This book however, is recommended as the definitive account of the Italia disaster, and also a personal history of General Nobile. It gives some insight to him standing up against Mussolini and his Facists (Nobile was basically apolitical; he just wanted to design and fly airships and be left alone), which caught up with him after the rescue. The book really picks up after the crash and when the rescuers start to pour onto and over the ice floes. This was the biggest search since the Frankin disaster, fortunately for the survivors, there was now modern equipment such as airplanes and icebreaking ships available. Author Wilbur Cross interviewed Nobile in Italy and many of the other survivors. Recommended for anyone interested in Arctic survival, a lot of it is reminiscent of "In the Land of the White Death", though for anyone wanting to know about the circumstances of Roald Amundsen's death should look elsewhere, as it's barely mentioned except to say that his plane was overdue, and some of the Norwegian people were hostile to Nobile after the rescue since the Italians did practically nothing to rescue their own people.
Chapters are as follows:
1. Prelude to Disaster--the Italia is losing altitude and nothing the crew does will make it rise again.
2. The Impossible Dream--History of Nobile's airship designs.
3. An Ambitious Undertaking--The story of Nobile and Roald Amundsen flying the Norge to the North Pole.
4. The Next Big Step--Building of the Italia and preparations for more Arctic expeditions.
5. Premonitions of Trouble--The flight from Milan to Spitzbergen across Europe.
6. Destination Zero--Flight from Spitzbergen to the North Pole.
7. The Downfall--The crash of the Italia.
8. Picking up the Pieces--the survivors rally and gather equipment to survive.
9. Frustration--SOS is sent and rescuers begin to head out--but where are the Italians?
10. Split Decision--Mariano, Zappi, and Malmgren leave the camp to try to reach land and help.
11. The Shortwave Dilemma--They are unsure if their shortwave messages are being picked up.
12. Against the Odds--Italian Army Captain Sora leaves out on skis to search; Amundsen and others search by air.
13. Manna From Heaven--The survivors are resupplied by airdrop.
14. A Decision in Doubt--Swedish Lt. Lundborg lands and rescues Nobile.
15. Prison without Bars--Nobile is held on the Italian ship Citta di Milano against his will by his own countrymen.
16. The Ice Torture--The death of Malmgren.
17. Fools Forsaken--the rescue of some of the would-be rescuers.
18. Breaking the Ice--the Soviet icebreaker Krassin comes to the rescue.
19.Liberation--the final rescue from the ice.
20. Reverse Rescue--More of the rescuers rescued.
21. Voices Muzzled--the Italians are censored by the Fascist government and Nobile's reputation and courage are questioned.
22.An Abundance of Enemies--Nobile is attacked by the Fascists, including Mussolini, in court and elsewhere.
Ynneig
In the early years of the twentieth century, there were several explorers that journeyed to the North Pole. They went to vast desolate regions of terrible cold, to places of the earth that no man had gone to before. One of those explorers was Umberto Nobile of Italy. Nobile is not very well known today, but he was a man of great honor and courage. This book tells his personal story, and the story of his final polar expedition in 1928. Nobile chose a unique method for exploring the Pole: he used a lighter than air airship named the Italia. The Italia was similar in general design to the famous Hindenberg, but it was smaller and more flexible in flight. Nobile meticulously planned his exploration, but despite those preparations disaster struck and the Italia crashed onto the polar ice. The survivors then had to struggle with great endurance through desperate conditions. This is ultimately a book about courage, both from the crew of the Italia and those that tried to save them in one of the largest rescue efforts ever undertaken. Nobile had to also endure much unjust criticism and political pressure from the Fascist Government of Mussolini. His story shows how hard it can be to extend the frontiers of science; and the tremendous heart that is required to reach into the unknown.
Monn
In 1925, the renowned Italian aeronautical engineer Nobile flew over the North Pole in a dirigible, at the time a considerable feat of scientific inquiry. All went well, and in 1928 Nobile attempted to repeat the feat, this time planning on stopping at the pole and landing observers on the ice. Unfortunately, by the second expedition Nobile was no longer in favor with the increasingly strident Fascist government, and faced many political and physical obstacles. However, he managed to get the expedition airborne, and reached the pole safely. On the return leg, the airship foundered in foul weather, stranding the survivors on the icecap. A bizarre tragedy ensued, with searchers from many nations looking for Nobile while Nobile's Italian support ship, sitting at the dock in Norway, conspicuously failed to participate. Well worth reading.
Disaster at the Pole: The Tragedy of the Airship Italia and the 1928 Nobile Expedition to the North Pole ebook
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Wilbur Cross
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Lyons Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
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