1926: Admiral Byrd
claimed to fly over the North Pole in 1926.
It is claimed that later he verbally admitted that he failed to reach it and
had to turn around, but couldn't afford to admit it. It is claimed that as he
flew into darkness with gauges gone haywire, he was shocked at the terrain
changes, and had to turn around.
1947, February: In
a Radio Broadcast, Admiral Byrd said before his Pole flight from a base 400
miles from the Pole: "I'd like to see that land beyond the Pole. That
area beyond the Pole is the center of the great unknown."
After-flight radio commentaries were:
During his Arctic flight of 1,700 miles BEYOND the Pole he reported by
radio that he saw below him, not ice and snow, but land areas consisting of
mountains, forests, green vegetation, lakes and rivers, and in the underbrush
saw a strange animal resembling "a mammoth...." and the air temperature outside the cockpit measured 74 degrees Farenheit...
note:( it has been said that the flight occured in the north pole during February...strangely at that time there isn`t any sunlight since it is winter in the Arctic and perpetual darkness does not provide ideal conditions for a
flight to the north pole?...)
1955, November: Rear
Admiral Richard E. Byrd, before departing to explore land beyond the South
Pole stated: "This is the most important expedition in the history of the
1956, January : Admiral Byrd led another expedition to the Antarctic and there
penetrated for 2,300 miles BEYOND the South Pole.
A January 13, 1956 radio announcement said: "On January 13,
members of the United States expedition penetrated a land extent of 2,300
miles BEYOND the Pole. The Flight was made by Rear Admiral George Dufek of
the United States Navy Air Unit."
Another Radio announcement on January 13, 1956: " Members of the United States expedition accomplished a flight of
2,700 miles from the base at McMurdo Sound, which is 400 miles west of the
South Pole, and penetrated a land extent of 2,300 miles beyond the Pole."
(Radio announcement, confirmed by press of February 5.)
In a Radio clip, Byrd said on March 13, 1956: "The
present expedition has opened up a vast new land."
1957: Before his death, Byrd said: "that enchanted continent in the sky, land
of everlasting mystery."