National Geographic : 1957 Jul
4 David S. Boyer, National Geographic Staff Admiral Byrd's Dream Comes True: Aerial Freighters Conquer Once Invincible Antarctica When the explorer first flew over the Pole in a lumbering trimotor 28 years ago, he foresaw the day when planes would break the continent's isolation. Here the Douglas Globemaster City of Peoria sweeps over Beardmore Glacier on the route to the Pole. In moments it passes a full day's march for earthbound adventurers Shackleton and Scott, who followed this river of ice to the polar plateau in 1908 and 1911. dent, is exactly what Dr. Siple is giving his scientific coworkers at the South Pole. How splendidly, in the 29 years between our first meeting and the current United States assaults on Antarctica, has this faithful associate lived up to his promise as scientist and leader of men! I can say with frank and full-hearted pride that the progress and achievements of Paul Siple throughout our long and close associa tion have been for me a profound satisfaction. A Cherished Relationship of 32 Years I am delighted that Dr. Siple's engrossing story of the infancy of our new South Pole Station is appearing in this issue of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. Espe cially is this true, since the warm friendliness built up during 32 years between the Na tional Geographic Society and me has been one of the cherished relationships of my life. The officers and staff of The Society have given me all-out support in every major ven ture of my exploring career. Among my dearest friends I gratefully number Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, formerly President of The Society and for 55 years Editor of its Magazine, and Dr. John Oliver La Gorce, Vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees and recently retired as President of The Society and Editor of its Magazine. Dr. Melville Bell Grosvenor, newly elected President of The Society and Editor of the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE, I have known and much admired ever since he was a young man. I am greatly proud that the continuing record of my adventures in exploration and discovery has been published in the National Geographic. Each of these narratives of my travels and researches has aided, I hope, in the prepara tions for later expeditions by many nations. And it is constantly my desire that the written record of my polar journeys shall help light the way for the seekers and finders from all countries who accept the siren challenge of Arctic and Antarctic.