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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SIGNATUREKNOWN 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

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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

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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

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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