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Title Antarctica's lost aviator : the epic adventure to explore the last frontier on Earth / Jeff Maynard.
Author Maynard, Jeff (Filmmaker), author.
Publication New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
Copyright date ©2019
Edition First Pegasus books cloth edition.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 251 pages) : illustrations.
text file
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-229) and index.
Summary "By the 1930s, no one had yet crossed Antarctica, and its vast interior remained a mystery frozen in time. Hoping to write his name in the history books, wealthy American Lincoln Ellsworth announced he would fly across the unexplored continent. And to honor his hero, Wyatt Earp, he would carry Earp's gun belt on the flight. The main obstacles to Ellsworth's ambition were numerous: he didn't like the cold, he avoided physical work, and he couldn't navigate. Consequently, he hired the experienced Australian explorer, Sir Hubert Wilkins, to organize the expedition on his behalf. While Ellsworth battled depression, Wilkins purchased a ship, hired a crew, and ordered a revolutionary new airplane constructed. The Ellsworth Trans-Antarctic Expeditions became epics of misadventure, as competitors plotted to beat Ellsworth, pilots refused to fly, crews mutinied, and the ship was repeatedly trapped in the ice. Finally, in 1935, Ellsworth took off to fly from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea. A few hours after leaving, radio contact with him was lost and the world gave him up for dead. [This book] brings alive one of the strangest episodes in polar history, using previously unpublished diaries, correspondence, photographs, and film to reveal the amazing true story of the first crossing of Antarctica and how, against all odds, it was achieved by the unlikeliest of heroes."--Dust jacket.
Contents Part I: Almost heroic. The elf child ; The kingdom of death ; No longer the only American ; Just a passenger ; No other worlds to conquer ; The sacrifice I must make ; The threshold of greatness -- Part II: Wyatt Earp Limited. The Lone Eagle ; The mayor of Antarctica ; Cloud kingdoms of the sunset ; The universe began to vibrate ; Alone ; The stars forecast strange things ; The third man ; A higher type of courage ; Part III: The heart of the Antarctic ; The great unknown ; Chasing the sun ; Lost ; Thank God you're down there ; Maybe it's all to try us ; A friendly gesture ; A silence that could be felt ; Chugging on -- Appendix: Problems in polar navigation ; Navigation instructions prepared by Sir Hubert Wilkins ; Wyatt Earp crew lists.
Note Print version record.
Subject Ellsworth, Lincoln, 1880-1951 -- Travel -- Antarctica.
Ellsworth, Lincoln, 1880-1951. (OCoLC)fst00095003
Antarctica -- Aerial exploration.
Explorers -- United States -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers.
TRAVEL / Polar Regions.
TRAVEL / Special Interest / Adventure.
Exploration, Aerial. (OCoLC)fst01353079
Explorers. (OCoLC)fst00918556
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Antarctica. (OCoLC)fst01239992
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Biographies.
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Maynard, Jeff (Filmmaker). Antarctica's lost aviator. First Pegasus books cloth edition. New York : Pegasus Books, 2019 1643130129 (OCoLC)1041900056
ISBN 9781643130965 (electronic bk.)
164313096X (electronic bk.)

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