The Norge conquers the north

10 April 1926, Rome. The airship Norge lifted off, heading towards the North Pole.
In previous years, from 1897 onwards, an interminable series of missions had followed one another in an attempt to accomplish the task of being the first to fly over the Arctic, collecting one failure after another. Exactly one year earlier, in June 1925, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen tried to reach the pole with two Dornier Wal seaplanes. Another failure.

Umberto Nobile, however, was sure he could do it. An explorer, engineer and Air Force general, he was convinced that his N1 airship had all the credentials to succeed. So he decided to meet the Norwegian explorer in Oslo, convincing him to try again with the Italian airship.

The N1 airship, later renamed Norge - Norway in Norwegian language - was officially delivered to the Norwegians at Ciampino airport, after some test flights. Scheduled destination: Alaska, via North Pole.

On 12 May, at 1.30 a.m., Greenwich time, the aircraft flew over the Pole and completed the mission. The crew then continued, as planned, towards Alaska, landing two days later at Teller, after having made a non-stop crossing of over 5300 km. With a total of 13,000 km in 170 hours (average speed 76 km/h), the mission was a success that was echoed in the press at the time. The landing had to take place without the help of ground personnel. Thanks to the bow valve on the airship, it was possible to touch down without incident for the crew. On his return to Italy, Umberto Nobile was promoted to the rank of general.

The years have gone by, but the achievements remain, and with Historic they are also worn. With NORGE Atmospheric Parka you wear the history of Umberto Nobile's airship; a classic garment capable of withstanding extreme temperatures based on the originals of the time but revised and redesigned with all the most modern devices and fabrics.