Nobile, Umberto

Born: Jan 21, 1885 AD
Died: 1978 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Aviators, Engineers, General

1885 - Born in Lauro, province of Avellino on the 21st of January.

1906 - He began work with the Italian state railways, where he worked on electrification of the rail system.

1911 - His interests turned to the field of aeronautical engineering and he enrolled in a one year course offered by the Italian Army.

1918 - In July, Nobile began a business partnership with the engineers Giuseppe Valle, Benedetto Croce, and Celestino Usuelli which they called the Aeronautical Construction Factory.

1922 - The deteriorating political situation and threats to nationalise his company convinced Nobile to go to the US to work as a consultant for Goodyear in Akron, Ohio.

1923 - He returned to Italy and began construction of a new airship, the N-1.

1925 - Nobile became involved in planning a Polar flight with Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and American millionaire/explorer Lincoln Ellsworth.

1926 - After a series of test flights, the N-1 was handed over on the 29th of March and re-christened Norge.

         - On the 14th of April the airship left for Ny Alesund , Spitsbergen via a stop in Leningrad.

1931 - He left to work in the Soviet Union, where he helped with the Soviet semi-rigid airship programme.

1936 - He was allowed to return to Italy to teach.

1939 - Going to the United States to teach aeronautics in Lockport, Illinois.

1945 - The Italian air force cleared him of all charges and promoted him to rank of major general.

1978 - Died in Rome on the 30th of July.
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