Italy: Crociera Aerea del Decennale - Decennial Air Cruise 1933 Medallion, bronze medal by the sculptor Publio Morbiducci. A spectacular piece. Rare.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Bronze medal by P. Morbiducci, obverse with the head of speed facing left into the wind, Roma-Chicago-New York-Roma below, reverse with angled bird’s eye view of the progress of the flight from the Colosseum to a Chicago skyscraper, polar bear at top, ‘Redit Italia Per Aethera Mussolini Duce Balbo Ductore’ in centre, 59 mm in diameter.
The Decennial Air Cruise (Italian: Crociera aerea del Decennale) was a mass transatlantic flight from Orbetello, Italy, to the Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. The expedition, organized by the Italian Regia Aeronautica, began on 1st July 1933, and ended on 12th August of the same year. It consisted of 25 Savoia-Marchetti S.55X seaplanes crossing the Atlantic Ocean in formation, forming the greatest mass flight in aviation history. The Italian Squadrons, led by General Italo Balbo, were welcomed enthusiastically in the Netherlands, the UK, Iceland, Canada and particularly in the United States of America, where they became known as the Italian Air Armada. A publicity success for Fascist Italy, Balbo further viewed the expedition as a pioneering step towards commercial flights across the Atlantic.