Three airplanes were transported to Antarctica. The first, a three-engine Ford, was to be used for the long flight over the South Pole. Byrd named this plane the Floyd Bennett, in honor of his pilot on the North Pole Flight. Bennett died of pneumonia in 1928, a year after he had sustained serious injuries in a test flight of the America. The second plane was a one-engine Fokker named the Virginia. This plane was to be used for rescue and exploration. The third airplane, the Stars and Stripes, was a one-engine Fairchild and had large windows to be used in aerial photography.

Harold June, Commander Byrd, and Bernt Balchen, in front of the Fairchild airplane, Stars and Stripes. Richard E. Byrd Papers, #7764_13.

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