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Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: October 25, 1888 in Winchester, Virginia
Died: March 11, 1957 in Boston, Massachusetts
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Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) made the first of his four expeditions to Antarctica between 1928 and 1930, during which time he established the "Little America" base. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett had claimed the first over-flight of the North Pole in 1926, but modern aviation historians are skeptical that they reached the Pole. When he signed this letter, Byrd was hoping to make the first successful non-stop flight over the Atlantic. However, a crash during a practice take-off in early May (and serious injury to his co-pilot) delayed the flight until June 29, nearly 6 weeks after Charles Lindbergh had achieved this goal, taking off from the same Roosevelt Field. Byrd made subsequent Antarctic expeditions between 1933 and 1935 and between 1939 and 1941. He detailed his adventures in books and on the lecture circuit following his returns to the U.S. Proceeds from his books and talks were used to finance additional expeditions, which continued through 1956. Byrd, who discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains, was given the honorary title, "Mayor of Antarctica". Richard Byrd was the brother of Virginia Governor and Senator Harry F. Byrd.
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