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Italia – The Airship Crash Chronicle

October 15, 2018

Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile were as different as night and day. One was an offish, somber Scandinavian type who had already traveled to both poles, had no family and preferred to shun society and personal affections. The other was a gleeful Italian, who had designed the first-ever airship destined to reach the North Pole. A favorite of Italy’s fascist party, he used to keep his pet, a fox terrier called Titina, by his side on the hardest trips and, some say, paid the closest attention to the dog’s mood and behavior before departure. Nevertheless, there was one trait that Amundsen and Nobile had in common — both were great dreamers.