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a semirigid dirigible built in 1923 in Italy. Volume, 18,500 cu m; three 185-kilowatt (250-horsepower) engines; cruising speed, 90 km per hr; flight range, about 5,000 km; and payload, 8.75 tons.
In 1926 a 16-man Norwegian-American-Italian expedition, headed by R. Amundsen, L. Ellsworth, and U. Nobile, made history’s first transarctic nonstop flight from Spitsbergen across the North Pole to Alaska on the Norge.
REFERENCESAmundsen, R., and L. Ellsworth. Perelet cherez Ledovityi okean. Moscow-Leningrad, 1927. (Translated from Norwegian.)
Nobile, U. Polet cherez poliarnye oblasti. Moscow, 1926. (Translated from Italian.)
Lebedev, N. V. Dirizhabli, book 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1933.