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MONDO DEI PICCOLI. [An Italian goose-game celebrating an important seaplane flight]
Il Volo d'Oriente col ''Gennariello''. Milan, c.1925. Chromolithograph. Sheet 485 x 680mm, with original paper covers with rules. Covers detached.
A goose game following the route of the seaplane 'Gennariello' from Rome to Tokyo and back. Around the map are vignette scenes, including crocodile hunting in Africa, tiger hunting in India, a kangaroo in Australia and a Chinese street scene. The biplane 'Gennariello' is illustrated twice. After serving in the Italian Air Force during WWI, Francesco De Pinedo (1890-1933) became an advocate of the seaplane for facilitating global air travel. Not only did they not need expensive landing strips, they could also make emergency landings when crossing oceans. With the approval of Mussolini, he planned this 35,000-mile demonstration, leaving Rome on 21st April, 1925, with his mechanic, Ernesto Campanelli. Their route took them across the Levant, India, the Malay Peninsula and arriving in Melbourne on the 10th June. After a month's break they flew on to Sydney, crossed Indonesia and the Philippines to China and Japan, arriving on 26th September. After another break they flew back to Rome in only 22 days, a remarkable speed for the time. For his feat the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale gave Pinedo its highest award, their Gold Air Medal; the Regia Aeronautica promoted him to colonel; and Victor Emmanuel III made him a marchese. After other promotional flights he was killed when he crashed taking off attempting to break the long distance record, flying non-stop from New York to Bagdad in Iraq.
[Ref: 19587]    £900.00 ($1,122 • €999 rates)


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