This Day in Aviation History
October 31st, 1956
The R4D Skytrain “Que Sera Sera” lands at the South Pole.

On 31 October 1956, US Navy Rear Admiral George J. Dufek and others successfully landed a R4D Skytrain (Douglas DC-3) aircraft at the South Pole, as part of the expeditions mounted for the IGY. This was the first aircraft to land at the South Pole and the first time Americans had set foot on the South Pole. This marked the beginning of the establishment of the first permanent base, by airlift, at the South Pole (today known as the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station) to support the International Geophysical Year….

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