Bryant, John H. and, Cones, Harold N.
Title Dangerous Crossings. the First Modern Polar Expedition, 1925.
Book Condition Very Good in Good dust jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher Annapolis, MD Naval Institute Press 2000
1557501874 / 9781557501875
Seller ID 29992
Xiv, , 206,  pages, illustrations, maps, cloth, DJ, very good. From Booklist: : A specialized but valuable history of the first polar expedition to use both aircraft for extending observation and short-wave radio for around-the-clock communications. The organizers were arctic explorer Donald B. Macmillan, a friend of Perry's and a survivor of four years of isolation in Greenland, and Eugene F. McDonald, founder of Zenith Radio. They took two ships, three single-engine Loening amphibious planes, a motley crew including Richard E. Byrd and several navy pilots, and enough supplies to make both ships nearly founder on the way north. Once off Greenland, the expedition survived arctic weather and dishonest radio operators, established new flying and radio-communication records, and laid the foundations for modern polar exploration. The Loenings failed to kill anyone only because of miraculous airmanship and maintenance; McDonald's financial, moral, and personal courage should make modern "venture capitalists" blush; and Byrd managed to overclaim for himself and get into fights with everybody else. This expedition, usually just a chapter in large histories of arctic exploration, always deserved fuller coverage. Now it has it."
BRIEF HISTORY POLAR EXPLORATION SINCE THE INTRODUCTION FLYING ARCTIC