Byrd's heroic 1926 North Pole failure

  title={Byrd's heroic 1926 North Pole failure},
  author={Dennis Rawlins},
  journal={Polar Record},
  pages={25 - 50}
  • D. Rawlins
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • History
  • Polar Record
Abstract Richard E. Byrd's record of the 9 May 1926 flight on which he claimed to have reached the North Pole was unsealed several years ago by the archives of Ohio State University. A close examination of Byrd's writings, calculations, and erasures in this diary shows clearly that, although he and Floyd Bennett achieved a farthest-north-seen and made a heroic attempt to attain the Pole, they never reached that destination. Despite efforts by some organisations and individuals to pretend that… 

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