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Polar Quest: Nobile

A short flight east

  • — Date of event: Friday 11, May 1928 —

Airship Italia heading east from Kings Bay

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airship Italia heading east from Kings Bay

Although the North Pole was Nobile’s main goal, he and his team were also keen to make a foray eastward from Spitsbergen across what was, at the time, still largely uncharted territory. On 11 May, the Italia took off from Kings Bay, heading east towards Nordaustlandet and Franz-Josef Land. But just three hours out from Kings Bay, the airship ran into bad weather, and Nobile decided to play safe and return to Kings Bay.

This article was published in Polar Quest: Nobile.

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