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On this day in 1929, Richard Byrd along with 3 companions make the first successful flight over the South Pole – Flying from their base on the Ross Ice Shelf to the pole and back took 18 hours and 41 minutes.

The flight began on November 28th at 3:29 pm, at 8:15 pm they dropped supplies for a geological party near the Queen Maud Mountains and continued on their journey. At 1:00 am on the 29th they reached the South Pole, Byrd dropped an American flag on the pole, and they headed home….they safely landed back at base camp at 10:11 that same morning.

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