“Balloons and Airships over the Pole”
Learn about the many attempts – some successful, others tragic – to fly over the North Pole using balloons and airships. These include an effort to rescue the Franklin Expedition, the fatal Andrée expedition, the American Wellman expeditions, the airship Norge that was the first to reach the North Pole (in 1926), the 1928 airship Italia disaster and the Aeroarctic Graf Zeppelin flight in 1931.
Dr. Goldberg is chairman of the Swedish Chapter of the Explorers Club. In 2010 he founded the Swedish Polar Institute which promotes polar expeditions, provides polar photographs for publishers of books and magazines, produces documentary films and organizes lectures. He is guest-curator of the philatelic exhibition “With the Eagle towards the North Pole,” which opens at the Balloon Museum March 19, 2016.
Walter Wellman’s Airship at Spitsbergen (from the George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18230016)