Balbo's seas and skies

From Orbetello to Chicago, New York and Tobruk

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Italo Balbo (Quartesana di Ferrara, 6 June 1896 – Tobruk, Lybia, 28 June 1940) gained popularity in America after leading twenty-four seaplanes to Chicago in 1933. He flew for the first time on the arctic route, still in use by scheduled flights between Europe and United States. It was the most significant achievement in the history of civil aviation and a worldwide revolution, changing from solo air raids to massive cruises.
The exposition in extended until 31 March 2016.

The transatlantic flight was organized by Balbo to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Italian Royal Air Force and as propaganda for the Century of Progress, the World’s Fair held in Chicago.

The exhibition is a journey between air and sea, in which relics of the Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics are displayed.
Moreover it shows fifteen mixed media panels realized by the famous Italian artist Nani Tedeschi together with texts by journalist and writer Alberto Guarnieri, who imagined Italo Balbo speaking from the afterlife.

 
 
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Exhibition
Where
Gianni Caproni Aeronautical Museum
When
From 19 July 2015 to 31 March 2016
Time
Museum opening hours
For whom
All
Ticket
Included in the museum entrance ticket