AERONAUTICS: Flights & Flyers: Jun. 27, 1927

"On to Ostia" cried posters on the walls of Mussolinized Rome. Patriotic Italians obeyed gladly, went down to Ostia at the mouth of the river Tiber. The thousands who did not have official tickets of admission to the area of goodview were urged by bayonets to herd themselves a mile up the beach. Punctually at the appointed hour, a speck accompanied by lesser specks appeared in the air. . . . Commander Francesco de Pinedo had completed his 26,000-mile, four-continent (Europe, Africa, South America, North America) flight in the Santa Maria II....

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