By Airplane towards the North Pole: An Account of an Expedition to Spitzbergen in the Summer of 1923.


This expedition had the two-fold purposes of aerial photography of the Spitsbergen interior, and making the case (albeit in the interests of the Junker aircraft corporation) for the utility of aircraft in polar exploration. In a book devoted to exploration by air it would appear unsurprising that there is no apparent reference to reading as appears in most other exploration literature. It does have this curious reference to Robert Peary’s claim to the North Pole discovery of 1909: “But Peary’s aim had been the establishment of a sporting record, rather than the advancement of science” (p. 164-65).