Friday, December 30, 2011

Across the Atlantic

On July 1, 1933 General Italo Balbo, the air minister of Italy, led a flight of SIAI S-55X's from Orbetello, Italy, to the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, in just over 48 hours. There were 24 S-55X flying boats in General Balbo's flight. They completed the entire flight both over and back in a tight V formation. Even today pilots frequently refer to a large formation of aircraft as a Balbo.

Artist: Luigi Martignani

via paul.malon @ Flickr

See also: Transmigratori


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