What was the name of the first airplane flight to the north pole?
January 24, 2011 9:22AM
the first flight to the north pole has a bit of controvery to it - Admiral Byrd and his pilot Floyd Bennett claimed to fly to and over the North Pole in 1926 - Many people support their claim they made it and some do not - They at least came close but wither they did or not may never really be possible to know due to the poor state of navigation of the era and lack of photos etc - keep in mind that their is no land in the arctic, its just ice that is in consatnt motion so there are no solid landmarks to say "this is the place".
i dont think there was any particular name to the expedition but the plane was a Fokker tri-motor named the "Josephine Ford" and it flew to and from Spitzbergen, Norway in sixteen hours - part of the controversy is that some didnt think the Fokker was capable of making the flight in sixteen hours but later studies have shown it was under ideal circumstances able to do so - the real question is was their navigation up to the task of putting them over the north pole - probably not but they should have been able to come close
The first flight over the North Pole was claimed by Richard Byrd on May 9th 1926, but this was later discovered to be falsified.
So the first flight over the North Pole was by the airship Norge on May 12th 1926 with its crew of Umberto Nobile and Roald Amundsen amongst others.