The Byrd arctic expedition Fokker airplane departs Spitsbergen, Norway, on its flight to the North Pole in 1926
North Pole Date:1926, May 9 Duration:2 min 18 sec Sound:NO SOUND
The 1926 Byrd expedition to fly over the North Pole. The expedition's ski-equipped Curtiss Oriole (Curtiss Model 17) airplane is seen parked in front of their Fokker F-VII Tri-motor airplane, the "Josephine Ford," on the snow at Spitsbergen, Norway. Engines start on both aircraft. The Oriole takes off with its photographer waving to the camera as they depart. They gather speed on a downhill slope and break ground to proceed over open water in Kings bay. Next, the Fokker (piloted by Floyd Bennett and navigated by LCDR Richard Byrd) is seen high above on its flight towards the North Pole. Views of dramatic Ice formations as seen from a boat in waters nearby. Aerial views of arctic terrain.
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