25 Feb 2019

The forgotton story of Antarctic aviator, Lincoln Ellsworth

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:08 pm on 25 February 2019
Lincoln Ellsworth in 2016

Lincoln Ellsworth in 2016 Photo: Public Domain / National Library of Norway

Lincoln Ellsworth hated the cold, couldn't even navigate, but in 1935, the heir to an American coal fortune  was determined to be the first man to fly  completely across Antarctica and land in the Ross Sea.  

With a nearly bottomless budget, and encouragement from Roald Amundsen, the famous Norwegian explorer, Ellsworth set off to make history. Author and documentary maker Jeff Maynard tells the almost forgotten story of  the fateful expedition of Lincoln Ellsworth, the unlikely hero whose name is written across the South pole. His book is called Antarctica's Lost Aviator.

Jeff Maynard

Jeff Maynard Photo: supplied

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