Science: Polar Pilgrims: Apr. 26, 1926

Wilkins. Safely returned to Fairbanks after their fourth hop over the 560 miles of desolate northern Alaska between Fairbanks and their advanced base, Point Barrow, Captain George H. Wilkins and Pilot Ben Eielson took on a load of freight heavier than ever—4,200 Ib. of fuel and food—and soared northward again. This time their radio was silent for hours that stretched into two days. The men in Fairbanks hoped it was only a wrist Wilkins had sprained during the second round-trip that was preventing him from operating the monoplane Alaskan's wireless outfit.

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