Colonel Bernt Balchen collection, 1903-2002

Balchen, Bernt, 1899-1973


0.4 cubic ft. (1 manuscript box).
Collection arranged into five series.
This collection covers Bernt Balchen's admirable career as a cold weather aviator who made many valuable contributions to the aviation world. This collection contains family photos of Colonel Balchen as a child in the early 1900's and ranges to articles and letters received by his wife and family in the early 2000s. The materials cover a wide time span and consist of a variety of materials relating to the life and achievements of this great aviator.
World renowned aviator Bernt Balchen was born in Tveit, Norway on October 23, 1899. Colonel Balchen, a native Norwegian, started flying in 1921. He became a U.S. citizen in 1930. His career spanned 35 years, serving both governments in cold-weather aviation. His many accomplishments include: pilot of the "America" transoceanic flight, searching for Amundsen, Byrd Antarctica expedition, building a secret air base in Greenland, rescues of downed planes, flying arms to Norwegian Resistance movement, rebuilding SAS Airlines, the DEW Line, and many other notable achievements. He retired from the USAF in 1956. He received many honors for his contributions to aviation. Colonel Balchen passed away in 1973 and was buried on his 74th birthday.
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the San Diego Air and Space Museum, Library and Archives.
The collection is open to researchers.
Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.
Materials in English.
Finding aid available in the repository.

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