1926, several attempts to reach North Pole by air have been carried out since 1897, no one successfully. Even one year earlier, in June 1925, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen tried to reach the Pole with two Dornier Wall seaplanes. Another failure.
There were many, in 1926, looking at the sky and dreaming about the big challenge. But looking is not enough. Umberto Nobile knew that you don’t observe dream: you must live it!
More and more convinced that his airship could be the suitable vehicle for such exploration, Umberto Nobile met the Norwegian explorer in Oslo, and he convinced him to try again the challenge with the Italian airship.
The N1 airship, later renamed Norge (Norway in Norwegian), was officially delivered to Norwegians at Ciampino airport after several test flights. The expected destination was Name, but due to bad weather, it was moved up to Teller, reached at 7:30 on May 14th. Norge had covered 13,000 km in 170 hours (average speed 76 km/h). Landing had to take place with no ground-staff help. Thanks to the forward valve of the airship, it was possible to touch the ground without crew’s mishap. It was 1926, they were at North Pole.
Norge flight received an outstanding echo on the press of the time. When Umberto Nobile returned to Italy, he was promoted to General rank.