"First Formation Atlantic Flight" [Run Time 2:27]

Titled "Italy - First "Formation" Atlantic Flight. 12 giant Hydroplanes set out on great adventure from Rome to Rio de Janeiro, with General Balbo, Italian Air Minister, in command." A hand points to a route drawn on a map depicting the route General Italo Balbo and his men will take from Italy to Brazil. Balbo poses with his crews. A S.55A twin-hulled flying boat is wheeled out on a dolly in preparation for launch. The crews attend a religious Mass before departure. Men hoist a flag while another man is playing the trumpet. The S.55As start up and begin taking off.

Balbo Italy to Brazil
Type: Newsreel
Image Date: 1930
Image Taken: Rome, Italy
Credit: WPA Film Library
Origin: British Pathé