---Joshua Howard, Curatorial Volunteer
Years later, doubts rose as to whether or not Byrd reached the North Pole and the matter is still disputed today. However, the naval aviator subsequently made the first flight over the South Pole and organized pioneering explorations of the polar regions using airplane, radio and other modern technologies. The artifact featured is a plaster statue of Byrd in his Arctic gear sculpted by Felix de Weldon. This statue shows Byrd in a different pose from the more famous likenesses the artist produced for Arlington Cemetery and McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Gift of Felix de Weldon 1983.17.03
Image courtesy of the Naval War College Museum