Bernt Balchen

#99401
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
23, 1899
Birthplace
Norway
Death Date
Oct 17, 1973 (73)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
23, 1899
Birthplace
Norway
Death Date
Oct 17, 1973 (73)

About

Decorated U.S. Army pilot who was the first man to fly over the South Pole.

Before Fame

He was a championship boxer who participated in the 1920 Olympic Games (held in his native Norway). Just nine years later, he embarked upon his historic South Pole flight.

Trivia

He organized a World War II-era resistance operation that allowed 5,000 of his countrymen to escape the Nazi occupation.

Family Life

He grew up in Norway as the son of a country doctor. Later, he became a United States citizen.

Associated With

Max Conrad also made a historic flight over some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth.

Bernt Balchen Popularity