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BERNT BALCHEN. TNS: "Bernt Balchen", 5x3 sheet. In full: "I am pleased to furnish you with my autograph for your collection." The Norwegian pilot/engineer was on the 1926 Amundsen/Ellsworth/Nobile Norge expedition in Spitsbergen when Commander Richard E. Byrd attempted to fly to the North Pole and return in the Josephine Ford. Byrd invited Balchen to come to the U.S. with him; he became a pilot on Byrd's 1927 transatlantic flight and chief pilot on Byrd's flight to the South Pole in 1929. During WWII, while commanding officer of the 10th Rescue Squadron in Alaska, Balchen flew a C-54 from Fairbanks over the North Pole to Oslo, becoming the first to pilot a plane over both poles. Slightly creased, near but not touching signature. Lightly soiled at blank areas. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: October 23, 1899 in Kristiansand, Norway
Died: October 17, 1973 in Mount Kisco, New York

Film Credits
1954 Roald Amundsen (in person), 1930 With Byrd at the South Pole (in person)

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