Events leading to development of aviation. An aircraft in flight over the Arctic region. Commander R. Bryd and Floyd Bennett after their successful flight to the north pole. American aviator Charles Lindbergh poses against an aircraft.
Byrd arctic expedition to fly an airplane over the North Pole, in 1926. Animated map illustrates the planned Northward course of Lieutenant Commander Richard Byrd and pilot Floyd Bennett, headed to the North Pole, in their Fokker tri-motor airplane. The starting point is Kings Bay, Spitsbergen, Norway, where they took off on May 9, 1926. A slate states that, "Byrd circles the Pole, checking observations and photographing." Scene shifts to images being recorded by Byrd from inside their Fokker F-VII Tri-motor airplane, the "Josephine Ford." One shows the big "F" in the name "Fokker" on underside of the right wing. From there, the camera pans back over the frozen wasteland below, with parts of the aircraft also seen. Another shot shows the aircraft tail (empennage) with mountains in background amidst snow-filled valleys while the airplane is in a gentle right-hand turn. Underside of engine is seen with arctic scenery, passing below.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce Claude Huston visits the Arctic region to study Arctic fisheries and fur seals. A group of local Arctic people jumps on a high jump trampoline. Young children surround the trampoline. Claude Huston jumps on the high jump trampoline. Claude Huston hands over a box to a woman in winter clothing.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce Claude Huston with local Arctic people during his visit to the Arctic region. A string with a weight at its end hanging from a pole. The local people one by one jump and hit the weight with their legs. The winners are awarded by Claude Huston. Men, women and children watching in the background. A local man dances on the beats of a drum.
From U.S. Air Force Northeast Air Command digest. Aerial views from USAF aircraft of snow covered mountain peaks and lakes in remote Northeast regions. View of frozen river and partially frozen rivers. Glacier calving and ice falls into water in the Arctic region. View of stark regions north of Newfoundland, into the heart of the arctic. Ice and rock areas and glaciers. Narrator indicates that temperatures are sometimes as low as 80 degrees below zero.
Lieutenant Commander Richard Byrd's 1926 arctic expedition to fly an airplane over the North Pole. The expedition's F-VII Tri-motor airplane, the "Josephine Ford," is seen parked on the snow at Spitsbergen, Norway. Men work to level a surface in the snow to permit takeoff. Snow and ice covered mountains in the background. The aircraft with engines running. It begins a takeoff roll, but strikes a snowbank and breaks one of its skis. Men gather near the airplane. They shovel snow from the airplane.