Bernt Balchen

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From left: Captain Bernt Balchen, Walt Disney astride a wooden pony nicknamed "Ham," and Sir Hubert Wilkins. The photo was taken at a Breakfast Club meeting, September 28, 1932.

From left: Captain Bernt Balchen, Walt Disney astride a wooden pony nicknamed "Ham," and Sir Hubert Wilkins. The photo was taken at a Breakfast Club meeting, September 28, 1932.

Bernt Balchen, a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, was a Norwegian native, and later U.S. citizen, known as a pioneer polar aviator, navigator, aircraft mechanical engineer and military leader. His service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II made use of his Arctic exploration expertise to help the Allies over Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Bernt Balchen, a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, was a Norwegian native, and later U.S. citizen, known as a pioneer polar aviator, navigator, aircraft mechanical engineer and military leader. His service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II made use of his Arctic exploration expertise to help the Allies over Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Bernt Balchen

Bernt Balchen

1929: Admiral Richard Byrd's famous flight to the South Pole and back is launched November 28. Byrd, along with pilot Bernt Balchen, co-pilot and radioman Harold June, and photographer Ashley McKinley, flew the Ford Trimotor "Floyd Bennett" to the South Pole and back in 18 hours, 41 minutes. Crew members dig out the Floyd Bennett from its snowy hangar.

1929: Admiral Richard Byrd's famous flight to the South Pole and back is launched November 28. Byrd, along with pilot Bernt Balchen, co-pilot and radioman Harold June, and photographer Ashley McKinley, flew the Ford Trimotor "Floyd Bennett" to the South Pole and back in 18 hours, 41 minutes. Crew members dig out the Floyd Bennett from its snowy hangar.

Catherine’s Pick. Frozen In Time. By Mitchell Zuckoff. Frozen in Time tells the story of three 1942 crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Click the link below to search the Keller Public Library catalog for this Adult Non-fiction book, http://fwl.ipac.dynixasp.com/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=kpl#focus. Posted 5/11/13.

Catherine’s Pick. Frozen In Time. By Mitchell Zuckoff. Frozen in Time tells the story of three 1942 crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Click the link below to search the Keller Public Library catalog for this Adult Non-fiction book, http://fwl.ipac.dynixasp.com/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=kpl#focus. Posted 5/11/13.


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