Amundsen-Ellsworth arctic polar flight, in airship Norge, gets underway from Spitsbergen, Norway
Spitsbergen Norway Date:1926, May 11 Duration:2 min 52 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Norwegian explorer, Ronald Amundsen steps from the Byrd expedition aircraft (Fokker F-VII Tri-motor airplane, the "Josephine Ford") with navigation instruments in his hands. These are gifts from Lieutenant Commander Richard Byrd, to assist Amundsen and Ellsworth on their imminent arctic flight aboard the airship Norge. Byrd in Navy uniform, and Michael J. Brennan, U.S. Merchant Marine, Captain of the SS Chantier, follow Amundsen out of the airplane. Byrd joins Amundsen and they converse briefly. Then Captain Brennan examines some charts with Amundsen. Byrd holds a special sun compass invented by Albert H. Bumstead, chief cartographer of the National Geographic Society, and explains it to Lincoln Ellsworth, who then takes it in hand and manipulates it. Next event shown is on morning of May 11, 1926, as Byrd and Bennett take off, in the "Josephine Ford," in front of the parked airship, Norge, to provide a courtesy escort for the airship as it gets underway. Their plane is seen flying overhead as ground crews prepare the Norge for departure. Next, the Norge is seen rising vertically from the ground. Viewed from the Kings Bay dock the Norge is seen aloft in the distance. Aerial view, fairly close, of the Norge underway (presumably taken by Byrd, from his airplane).
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