SYNOPSIS: An American Navy plane which was the first aircraft to land at the South Pole reached Sydney today on its way to a place of national fame in the United States.
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Background: SYNOPSIS: An American Navy plane which was the first aircraft to land at the South Pole reached Sydney today on its way to a place of national fame in the United States. The plane -- a Navy Dakota -- is on board the American Polar supply ship -- the WYANDOT.
The Dakota, now lashed down on the deck of the ship, is to be permanently displayed in the American National Air Museum in Washington. The plane made its historic landing at the South Pole in October, 1956. Now it's oil-stained and battered after three years of continuous service in the Antarctic. With its wings dismantled, the aircraft was taken on board at McMurdo Sound last month after the ship had unloaded winter supplies. On board the WYANDOT today Lieutenant S.W. BROOKHART carried a photo of the ship to show some of the damage caused by heavy pack-ice encountered during the voyage. The hull plates near the bow, and the propeller were both badly strained.
The WYANDOT will spend a week in Sydney for repairs.