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Richard E. Byrd

Richard E. Byrd Biography

Explorer


ABOUT
Polar explorer who took part in six of America's twelve expeditions to the Antarctic.
BEFORE FAME
He learned to fly while serving in WWI, and became a skilled pilot.

FAMILY LIFE
A descendant of the American Founders, he could trace his ancestry back to John Rolfe and Pocahontas.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He was a part of the first Americans expedition to reach the South Pole since Charles Wilkes, who landed a century earlier.
TRIVIA
He was the first to a attempt a flyover of the South Pole, and claimed he carried it out, although later there were some doubts.

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