50th Anniversary First Flight over the South
Pole. 1979. 20 cent Richard Byrd, Plane and Map. 55 cent Richard Byrd, Plane
and Mountain. On November 29th 1929, Richard Byrd (1888-1957) and his three
companions, Bernt Balchen, Harold June and Ashley McKinley became the first
men to fly over the South Pole. Three years earlier, Byrd and Floyd Bennett
were the first to fly over the North Pole. On the South Pole flight, Byrd
used an all-metal Ford tri-motor airplane called the "Floyd Bennett", in
honor of his Arctic companion.