Crash of Byrd’s Fokker in Antarctica 1929

Richard Byrd took three airplanes on his first Antarctic Expedition 1928-29. In March, 1929, he sent three men in the Fokker to the Rockefeller Mountains for geologic studies. A blizzard roared in, hurled the plane in the air, and slammed it down on the ice completely destroying it. The frame of the Fokker is visible today. Byrd’s grandson, Robert Byrd Breyer, is leading a team to recover the plane and return it to the States for display in a museum. Visit for more information.