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In 1928, Richard Evelyn Byrd began his first expedition to the Antarctic involving two ships, and three airplanes. A base camp named 'Little America' was constructed on the Ross Ice Shelf and scientific expeditions by snowshoe, dog-sled, snowmobile, and airplane began.
On 28 November 1929, the famous flight to the South Pole and back was launched. Byrd, along with pilot Bernt Balchen, co-pilot/radioman Harold June, and photographer Ashley McKinley, flew the Ford Trimotor to the South Pole and back in 18 hours, 41 minutes. It entered Byrd into the history books and promoted him to the rank of Rear Admiral by a special act of Congress on December 21, 1929.
The E Ingraham Company produced this pocket watch in circa 1929 and named it 'The Explorer' to commemorate this South Pole expedition. The watch case is decorated with vivid Antarctic sceneries with 'Wings Over The Pole -The Explorer' engraved on the case back.
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