Admiral Byrd Diary
Section 0600 Hours - 0800 Hours
|:: FLIGHT LOG: BASE CAMP ARCTIC, 2/19/1947
Interesting that Navy logs show Admiral Byrd slap dab on the opposite end of the earth at this same time. In ANT-Arctica.
What is also interesting is that operation highjump was co-authored by Byrd under the guise of being a Military training exercise for troops. WikiPedia Apparently there is Not enough ice and snow in Canada, Alaska and most parts of North America in winter, the military needs to mount a full scale exercise to the South Pole in search of ice and snow to train their troops.
Wednesday, March 5, 1947 edition of the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, "Admiral Richard E. Byrd warned today that the United States should adopt measures of protection against the possibility of an invasion of the country by hostile planes coming from the polar regions. The admiral explained that he was not trying to scare anyone, but the cruel reality is that in case of a new war, the United States could be attacked by planes flying over one or both poles."
IF Admiral Byrd DID make contact with this supposed ariani, WHY did the US GOVT send an expedition, co-authored by a "Retired" Rear Admiral Byrd to the South Pole in August of the same year.
WHY is there NO mention of a return trip by Byrd et-al to the North Pole to reply to the Masters message ?
Byrd is off and airborne.
This would assume a minimum of 10 minutes pre run test flight at a low, safe altitude (given the fact that he was over the south pole) which would have allowed him to "drop" safely to the deck (snow) if there was any problems.
I would hazard to suggest that this may have also been in a rather large circle around the base camp due to the fact that the South Pole is not all smooth and there are not only lumps and ridges, but also crevasses, some of which can have a sheer drop of hundreds of feet.
Regardless of the drop depth whether 3 feet or 300 feet, hitting a crevasse of any size, in a plane, doing ANY speed would be very unhealthy for the pilots.
|:: 0620 Hours - Pratt and Whittneys
Curious, The Writer mentions the engine makers but not the Make and Model or the plane for this historic flight.
Nor does he have a Pet name for this plane (eg: like the Memphis Belle or Olde Bessie).
Any military pilot out there reading this will be going "Oh Yeah, interesting point".
|:: 0740 Hours - Note slight oil leak
Byrd had a similar "oil leak" in his hotly contested flight to the north pole.
You are about to do a Captain Kirk and go where no man has gone before, over the most inhospitable part of this planet, with temperatures running -40 to -70 degrees, you are thousands of miles from civilization and if anything goes wrong, you are thousands of square miles from any search party (and quite possibly IN a snow storm) - and you have an oil leak in the first 40 minutes which is so noticable that you data entry the fact.
Remembering that you can only see 40-50% of the engine, the side facing you. You have NO idea what is happening on the other side of the engine.
Would you turn back and fix the problem, then try again tomorrow in a much safer plane?
Byrd continues to travel South.
REMEMBER, He was accused of Flying in Circles "out of sight" of the base when he supposedly travelled to the North Pole.
Was he going to do this again ? This could explain his nonchalance and blasé attitude?
Does anyone else see a problem here ?
In the TV series Ice Pilots, when they get an Oil Leak, the first thing they do is find the nearest runway to land the plane to fix the problem.
This is what an experienced pilot would do.
So why did Byrd do the opposite?