National Geographic : 1961 Aug
Trail Blazers Byrd and Bennett Head for the North Pole One of America's most famous air men, Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd electrified the world in 1926 with the first flight over the North Pole. Beside him in the trimotored Fok ker monoplane rode Naval Avia tion Pilot Floyd Bennett, the en listed flyer for whom New York City named Floyd Bennett Field. Here, wearing reindeer-skin parkas and polar-bear trousers, Byrd (left) and Bennett board their plane at Spitsbergen. Naval scouting planes soar over icebound Smith Sound, off Green land, during the 1925 MacMillan Arctic Expedition sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Byrd led the naval detachment, whose Loening amphibians flew more than 6,000 miles in the first extensive use of aircraft in Arctic exploration.