Italian Arctic explorer and aeronautical engineer who was the developer and promoter of the semi-rigid airships during the Golden Age of Aviation.
He ran for the Constituent Assembly as an independent candidate in the lists of the Italian Communist Party.
One of his principal antagonists was Italo Balbo.
He graduated from the University of Naples with an electrical and industrial engineering degree.
He was married more than once and had a daughter, Maria born in 1921.