Excerpts from "the first rough draft of history" as reported in The Washington Post on this date in the 20th century.
Although some scholars dispute Richard Byrd's claim to be the first to fly over the North Pole, his historic flight over the South Pole is unchallenged. After that accomplishment, Byrd made numerous scientific expeditions to Antarctica and is credited as the leading pioneer in the exploration of the continent at the bottom of the world. An excerpt from The Post of Nov. 30, 1929:
New York, Nov. 29 (A.P.). --
The New York Times, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and newspapers affiliated with them, in publishing reports from Commander Richard E. Byrd's expedition, announce that Commander Byrd has safely returned to his base, Little America, after a successful flight across the South Pole in which he surveyed much adjacent territory.
The flight was without mishap, and everything worked well.
Commander Byrd's flight across the South Pole has made him the first man in history to fly across both the earth's poles.
In May, 1926, in the trimotored Fokker airplane, the Josephine Ford, Commander Byrd flew from Kings Bay, Spitzbergen, across the North Pole and returned.
That springtime flight required a total of 15 hours and 30 minutes, and the round trip covered 1,600 miles. ...
The flight across the South Pole, begun yesterday, was the first attempt he had made to fly to the pole although previously he had used airplanes in flights from his base at Little America in laying sub-bases on the route to the pole and in exploration trips.
He was the third man to reach the South Pole. The first was Raould Amundsen, a Norwegian, who reached it December 14, 1911, and a few days later he was followed by Capt. Robert F. Scott, British explorer. Both of them used overland methods of travel.
Bernt Batchen, pilot for Commander Byrd on the South Polar flight, also was a pilot on the commander's transatlantic flight of June 29, 1927. ...
Commander Byrd's expedition reached the Antarctic in December of last year. After various reconnaissance flights from his base, he and his party established winter quarters on the ice barrier about the Antarctic Continent. Only recently, with the coming of spring in that frozen territory, was activity resumed.