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From Pole to Pole
by Cameron, Garth

ISBN: 9781781593370
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 201
PUBLICATION DATE: 17.10.2013
DIMENSIONS: 23.4 x 15.6 centimetres

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Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) was the most successful polar explorer of his era using sledges, dogs, ski and ships. He is mainly remembered for being the first man to reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911. What is less often remembered is that he was also the first man to reach the North Pole on 12 May 1926 as the leader of the Amundsen-Ellsworth-Nobile expedition in the airship Norge. His involvement in aviation from his experiments with man-lifting kites in 1909 to his death in 1928 while flying from Norway to Spitsbergen has not been the subject of a detailed study until now. This book explores Amundsen's enthusiasm for flight from the moment he read about Bleriot's flight across the English Channel in an aeroplane on 25 July 1909. From that moment onwards he was alert to the potential of aircraft as vehicles to explore the portions of the globe which remained unexplored in the first quarter of the 20th century. The man-lifting kites built by Einar Sem-Jacobsen took the life of his second in command Ole Engelstad and were carried, but not used, during his 1910-1912 expedition to the South Pole. He saw aeroplanes flying in America and Germany in 1913 and in 1914 he was taught to fly by Sem-Jacobsen. He passed his flight test on a Farman Longhorn biplane on 1 June 1914 and in mid-1915 was issued with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (Norge) aeroplane pilot's certificate number one. He bought a Farman biplane to take w

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