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Added by rickterenzi on 13 Oct 2014 04:30
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Crociera Aerea del Decennale

Official poster for Crociera Aerea del Decennale, that took place from 1st July to 12th August 1933.
The itinerary of Crociera Aerea del Decennale.
Two different routes were planned for the comeback.
For Crociera Aerea del Decennale, flying boats Savoia-Marchetti S.55X were used, with W engines Isotta Fraschini Asso 750.
Flying boats Savoia-Marchetti S.55 were also chosen for Crociera Aerea Transatlantica Italia-Brasile (see the following pictures), the first transatlantic flight lead by Italo Balbo.
Official poster for Crociera Aerea Transatlantica Italia-Brasile (Italy-Brazil Transatlantic Air Cruise). It took place from 17th December 1930 to 15th January 1931, with 12 flying boats under the command of General Italo Balbo.
For Crociera Aerea transatlantica Italia-Brasile, flying boats Savoia-Marchetti S.55X were used, with V engines FIAT A.22R.
General Italo Balbo getting ready to start for Crociera Aerea Transatlantica Italia-Brasile in Orbetello (Tuscany, Central Italy), on 17th December 1930.
Cover of weekly newsmagazine La Domenica del Corriere, featuring the arrival of Italo Balbo in Port Natal (Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil) (18th January 1931).
The Italian flying boats reached Rio de Janeiro on 15th January 1931.
Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas and General Italo Balbo in Rio de Janeiro, on 15th January 1931.
Above and in the following pictures: official postcards for Crociera Aerea Transatlantica Italia-Brasile.
Above and below: official posters for Crociera Aerea del Decennale.
Cover of Time magazine, featuring General Italo Balbo and his motto: Arrive with the plane or don't arrive! (26th June 1933).
U.S. mail envelope announcing the arrival of the Italian Air Squadron at the 1933 Century of Progress - Rome, Italy to Chicago, Illinois.
U.S. greeting pin featuring General Italo Balbo.
The Italian pavilion at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.
Cover of weekly newsmagazine La Domenica del Corriere, featuring the Italian pavilion at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair (2nd July 1933).
Artwork by Achille Beltrame.
Flying boats Savoia-Marchetti S.55X.
Flying boats Savoia-Marchetti S.55X at the buoy.
Above and below: flying boats Savoia-Marchetti S.55X dressed overall.
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General Italo Balbo, Italy's Maresciallo dell'Aria (Marshal of the Air Force).

Crociera Aerea del Decennale (Air Cruise of the 10th Anniversary) was a transatlantic flight organised for the 10th anniversary of Regia Aeronautica (Italy's Royal Air Force) with 24 flying boats under the command of General Italo Balbo. It started in Orbetello (Tuscany, Central Italy) on 1st July 1933, headed for the Century of Progress International Exposition, the World's Fair held in Chicago.

Crociera Aerea del Decennale followed this itinerary:
1. Orbetello-Amsterdam
2. Amsterdam-Londonderry
3. Londonderry-Reykjavik
4. Reykjavik-Cartwright
5. Cartwright-Shediac
6. Shediac-Montreal
7. Montreal-Chicago
8. Chicago-New York
9. New York-Shediac
10.Shediac-Shoal Harbor
11.Shoal Harbor-Punta Delgada
12.Punta Delgada-Lisbon
13.Lisbon-Rome.

As a result of the success of Crociera Aerea del Decennale, General Italo Balbo was appointed as Italy's Maresciallo dell'Aria (Marshal of the Air Force).


Italo Balbo

Italo Balbo was also Minister of the Air Force from 1929 to 1933 and one of the leading spokespersons of PNF-Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party, see below). In 1934, he was appointed as Governor-General of Italian Libya (a colony since 1912).


Italo Balbo with legendary U.S. aviator Amelia Earhart in Rome on 20th June 1932.


Logo of Italy's PNF-Partito Nazionale Fascista, featuring ancient Rome's fascio littorio (in Latin, fasces lictoriae), bundle symbol of the magistrate's power and jurisdiction. Adjective lictorius is from verb licère, to call someone to court.

See also:

Rome's E42

Andrea Doria

Rome's Rugantino Night

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