Nobile, Umberto

Nobile, Umberto


Born Jan. 21, 1885, in Lauro, Avellino. Italian dirigible designer.

In 1926, Nobile took part in R. Amundsen’s expedition as commander of the dirigible Norge, which he had designed. In 1928 he led the Italian expedition to the North Pole in the dirigible Italia, which crashed near Spitsbergen (of the eight members of the expedition who survived, seven were rescued by the Soviet expedition on the icebreaker Krasin; Nobile was saved by the Swedish pilot Lundborg). From 1932 to 1936, Nobile worked in Moscow as a leading dirigible designer. In 1939 he went to the USA. He returned to Italy after World War II and taught at a university in Naples.


La preparazione e i resultati scientifici della spedizione potare dell’ Italia. Milan-Verona, 1938.


Begounek, F. Tragediia v Ledovitom okeane. Moscow, 1962. (Translated from Czech.)
Samoilovich, R. L. Na spasenie ekspeditsii Nobile, 4th ed. Leningrad, 1967.
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