Fliers And Explorers Globe Signatures

American Geographical Society – Fliers and Explorers Globe Signatures

Each signature on the globe is detailed below, with links to a website that provides more information about the flier or explorer.

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SIGNATURE KNOWN FOR…..
1. Bryan Allen 1. Aviator. First person to fly a human-powered aircraft, Gossamer Albatross, 22 miles across the English Channel, 1979
2. Roald Amundsen 2. First person to reach the South Pole, 1911
3. William A. Anders 3. First lunar orbital mission, 1968, Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 8, with Borman& Lovell
4. William R. Anderson 4. Commander of the submarine Nautilus, first vessel to cross the North Pole by water in 1958
5. Neil Armstrong 5. First man to walk on the moon, 1969, Mission Commander, Apollo 11, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”
6. Liv Arnesen 6. Explorer. One of the first women to ski and sail across the Antarctic landmass with Ann Bancroft in 2001
7. Fred L. Austin 7. Pilot, first plane to fly Round-the-World over both Poles, Pole Cat, 1965, with Finch & Martin
8. Ann Bancroft 8. Explorer. First woman to reach both the North Pole in 1986 by dog sled and the South Pole in 1993 on skis
9. Robert A. Bartlett 9. Captain, Roosevelt, Peary Expedition to North Pole, 1909, with Henson and Peary; Captain, Karluk, 1913-17, with Stefansson
10. William Beebe 10. Record-breaking ocean dive in bathysphere (3,028 feet), 1934
11. Alexander Beliakov 11. Navigator, first transpolar flight from Moscow-Vancouver, Washington, 1937, with Chkalov
12. Maurice Bellonte 12. Navigator, first non-stop Paris-New York flight, Point d’Interrogation, 1930, with Costes
13. Russell Boardman 13. Pilot, world speed record, New York-Istanbul in 50 hours, Cape Cod, 1931, with Polando
14. Frank Borman 14. Mission Commander, first lunar orbital mission, Apollo 8, 1968, with Anders & Lovell
15. Louise A. Boyd 15. First woman to fly over the North Pole, 1955; Amundsen Search, Hobby, 1928; Leader, Greenland Expeditions 1931-41, with Wood
16. Lawson Brigham 16. In 1994 Captain Brigham commanded the epic voyage of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea to the polar limits of the global ocean.
17. William S. Brock 17. Round the world flight attempt, 1927. First non-stop Detroit-Miami flight, Pride of Detroit, 1929
18. Richard E. Byrd 18. First to fly to North Pole, Josephine Ford, 1926, and South Pole, Floyd Bennett, 1929, led 3 Antarctic Expeditions between 1928-41, with Gould, Owen, Petersen, & Ronne
19. Clarence C. Chamberlin 19. Second to cross Atlantic non-stop in an airplane, Columbia, 1927 First to fly a passenger, US-Europe, 1927
20. Valeri Chkalov 20. Pilot, first transpolar flight from Moscow-Vancouver, Washington, 1937, with Beliakov
21. L. Cotte 21.
22. Dieudonné Costes 22. Pilot, first non-stop Paris-New York, 1930, with Bellonte; Round the World “Aerial Tour”, Nungesser et Coli, 1928, with Le Brix
23. Jennie Darlington 23. Explorer. One of the first women to winter over in Antarctica with Edith Ronne in 1947
24. Jacques De Sibour 24. Pilot, Safari II, Round the World air & sea, with Violette de Sibour
25. Violette De Sibour 25. Pilot, de Havilland Gipsy Moth Safari II, with Jacques de Sibour
26. Amelia Earhart 26. First woman to fly the Atlantic as a passenger, Friendship, 1928 First woman to fly solo across Atlantic, 1932
27. Dr. Sylvia A. Earle 27. Oceanographer. In 1979, walked unassisted on the ocean floor at a record depth of 1,250 feet below the surface
28. Hugo Eckener 28. Commander, Graf Zeppelin, first Round the World flight in a dirigible (lighter than air), 1929
29. Lincoln Ellsworth 29. First transpolar flights, North Pole, 1926, Norge (dirigible), South Pole, Polar Star (airplane), 1935, with Hollick-Kenyon
30. Charles Evans 30. Deputy leader, first successful British Everest Expedition, 1953, with Hillary & Lowe
31. Harrison Finch 31. Pilot, first plane to fly Round-the-World over both Poles, Pole Cat, 1965, with Austin & Martin
32. James E. Fitzmaurice 32. Pilot, first westward Atlantic crossing, Bremen, 1928, with Huenefeld and Koehl
33. P. J. Gaffney 33.
34. Harold Gatty 34. Navigator, then fastest Round the World flight, Winnie Mae, 1931, with Post
35. John Glenn, Jr. 35. First American to orbit the earth, Mercury Program, Friendship 7, 1962
36. Lawrence Gould 36. Geologist and 2nd in command, Byrd Antarctic Expedition I, 1928-30, author, Cold, 1931, with Byrd, Owen & Petersen
37. Keith R. Greenaway 37. Navigator, first American military flight over North Pole, 1946
38. Albert A. Hegenberger 38. First non-stop Pacific flight California-Hawaii, Bird of Paradise, 1927, with Maitland
39. Matthew A. Henson 39. First African-American at the North Pole, Peary Expedition, 1909, with Bartlett & Peary
40. Edmund Hillary 40. First person with Tenzing, to reach the top of Mount Everest, British Everest Expedition, 1953, with Evans & Lowe
41. Herbert Hollick-Kenyon 41. Pilot, Polar Star, over South Pole, 1935, with Ellsworth
42. Gunther von Huenefeld 42. Pilot, first westward Atlantic crossing, Bremen, 1928, with Fitzmaurice &Koehl
43. Brian Jones 43. First non-stop Round the World flight in a balloon, Breitling Orbiter 3, 1999, with Piccard
44. Charles Kingsford-Smith 44. First to cross Pacific Ocean San Francisco-Brisbane, Southern Cross, 1928, during Round the World flight, 1928-30, with Lyon
45. Herman Koehl 45. Pilot, first westward Atlantic crossing, Bremen, 1928, with Fitzmaurice &Huenefeld
46. Joseph Le Brix 46. Navigator, Round the World “Aerial Tour”, Nungesser et Coli, 1928, with Costes
47. Alexei Leonov 47. On March 18, 1965, Cosmonaut Leonov stepped out of his spacecraft, Voskhod 2, into history as the first human to walk in space.
48. Richard Light 48. First photographed length of Africa by air Capetown-Cairo with wife, Mary, 1937-38; Round the World,Asulinak, 1934
49. Charles A. Lindbergh 49. First to cross Atlantic solo non-stop in an airplane, New York-Paris, Spirit of St. Louis, 1927
50. James Lovell 50. Command Module Pilot, first lunar orbital mission, Apollo 8, 1968, with Anders &Borman
51. George Lowe 51. Climber, first successful British Everest expedition, 1953, with Evans & Hillary
52. Harry Lynch  52.
53. Harry Lyon 53. Navigator, across Pacific Ocean San Francisco-Brisbane, Southern Cross, 1928, with Kingsford-Smith
54. Lester J. Maitland 54. First non-stop flight California-Hawaii, Bird of Paradise, 1927, with Hegenberger
55. Jack L. Martin 55. Chief Pilot, first plane to fly Round-the-World over both Poles, Pole Cat, 1965, with Austin & Finch
56. Mary Meader 56. Aerial photographer and explorer, best known for her 1937–1938 35,000-mile flight in which she photographed unprecedented images of South America and Africa
57. James A. Mollison 56. First across Atlantic solo non-stop (westward) in an airplane, 1932
58. Robert Cushman Murphy 57. Ornithologist, author Oceanic Birds of South America, 1936, Curator, Oceanic Birds, American Museum of Natural History
59. Fridtjof Nansen 58. Fram Arctic expedition, record for then farthest north, 1893-6 Nobel Peace Prize, directing relief work in Europe, 1922
60. Erik Nelson 59. Pilot, first Round the World flight, New Orleans, 1924, US Army Air Corps Douglas Cruisers, with Wade
61. Raymond B. Orteig 60. Hotel Brevoort owner, offered $25,000 prize for New York-Paris / Paris-New York Atlantic flight, 1919, claimed by Lindbergh, 1927
62. Russell Owen 61. Reporter, New York Times, Byrd Antarctic Expedition I, 1928, Pulitzer Prize “Reporting”, 1930, with Byrd, Gould & Petersen
63. Robert Peary 62. First person to reach the North Pole, 1909, with Bartlett & Henson
64. Carl O. Petersen 63. Radio Operator, Byrd Antarctic Expedition I & II, 1928-30 and 1933-35, with Byrd, Gould & Owen
65. Bertrand Piccard 64. First non-stop Round the World flight in a balloon, Breitling Orbiter 3, 1999, with Jones
66. Walter Pitman 65. Geologist, Lamont-Doherty expedition that discovered evidence of Black Sea (Noah’s?) flood 7,500 years ago, 1996, with Ryan
67. John L. Polando 66. Co-pilot, world speed record, New York-Istanbul in 50 hours, Cape Cod, 1931, with Boardman
68. Wiley Post 67. First solo Round the World flight, Winnie Mae, 1933. Pilot, then fastest Round-the-World flight, 1931, with Gatty
69. Edith “Jackie” Ronne 68. Explorer. One of the first women to winter over in Antartica with Jennie Darlington in 1947
70. Finn Ronne 69. Member, Byrd Antarctic Expeditions II, 1933-35, & III, 1939-41, with Byrd & Petersen; Leader, Ronne Antarctic Expedition 1946-48
71. Fred Roots 70. Senior geologist, first International Antarctic Expedition, 1949. Leader, Arctic Operations Franklin, 1955, and Stikine, 1956-58
72. William Ryan 71. Geologist, Lamont-Doherty expedition that discovered evidence of Mediterranean, 1973-78, and Black Sea floods, 1996, with Pittman
73. Vilhjalmur Stefansson 72. Ethnologist, Anglo-American Polar Expedition, 1906-07; Commander, Canadian Arctic Expedition, Karluk, 1913-17, with Bartlett
74. Junko Tabei 73. First woman to climb Mt. Everest successfully (1975)
75. Valentina Tereshkova 74. On June 16, 1963, Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
76. Wolfgang von Gronau 75. First seaplane flight Round the World, GronlandWal, 1932
77. Leigh Wade 76. Pilot, first Round the World flight, Boston and Boston II, 1924, US Army Air Corps Douglas Cruisers, with Nelson
78. Don Walsh 77. Deepest ocean dive with Piccard, Challenger Deep (35,800 feet), Trieste, 1960
79. Hubert Wilkins 78. First flight Alaska-Norway and first Antarctic flight, Los Angeles, 1928; First submarine attempt under North Pole, Nautilus, 1931
80. J. Tuzo Wilson 79. Geologist, introduced concept of “hot spots”, 1963, first identified “transform faults”, 1965, refined theory of plate tectonics, 1960s
81. Walter A. Wood 80. Cartographer, Boyd Greenland Expedition II, 1933, with Boyd Leader, AGS expeditions, St. Elias Mountains, Yukon, 1935-41
82. J.M. Wordie 81. Geologist, Shackleton Antarctic Expedition, Endurance, 1914-17. 2nd in command, Scottish Spitzbergen Expeditions, 1919, 1920