Rear Admiral Byrd and the Polar Expeditions by Foster, Coram - 1930 1st Edition

Rear Admiral Byrd and the Polar Expeditions by Foster, Coram - 1930 1st Edition

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Rear Admiral Byrd and the Polar Expeditions by Foster, Coram

1930 Hardcover with dust jacket 1st edition published by A.L. Burt

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr., USN was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. He undertook five expeditions to Antarctica and made the first-ever flight over the South Pole on November 28, 1929. Byrd was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for heroism given by the United States.

Byrd experimented in navigation without visual landmarks during World War I, resulting in his appointment by the United States Navy to plan the flight navigation for the first-ever transatlantic flight in 1919. In 1926 he and Floyd Bennett made the first flight over the North Pole, though scholars have since raised questions about the success of the expedition. From there he turned his sights southward.

“Strangely enough, there is left in the world today, an area as big as the United States, that’s never been seen by a human being. And that’s beyond the pole, on the other side of the south pole from Little America.”

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