BERNT BALCHEN - TYPED NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 217975
Sale Price $162.00
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
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