A TV interview with Admiral Richard E. Byrd regarding geography and his polar expeditions. Legend has it that Admiral Byrd disappeared during his Operation: High Jump expedition, never to be heard from again. However, official reports indicate he actually died peacefully at home shortly after his Operation: Deep Freeze expedition, many years later.
In 1988, Byrd's only son was found dead of malnutrition in an abandoned warehouse in Baltimore. Admiral Byrd's grandson told The Baltimore Sun that his father had traveled to the Washington headquarters of the National Geographic Society to attend a ceremony honoring his father's accomplishments two weeks earlier, but apparently never made it.
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd is often associated with The Hollow Earth Theory, though some have more recently taken to connecting his work to the far less credible Flat Earth Theory. I have yet to uncover any credible source in which Admiral Byrd discusses either. An alleged journal of his expedition is likely fraudulent, as it references the "Vril Society" and "Nordic aliens" - a co-intel cover story for VRIL technology developed in the early 20th-Century (possibly earlier), and employed by the Nazis in WWII.
The conspiracy here appears to involve neither flat nor hollow planets, but uranium and the Space Race - and, specifically, Project: Orion. This nuclear program gave rise to a much larger surveillance operation which has gone by many names, including Echelon and SIGINT, as well as the far more nefarious Operation: Deep Sleep. This all lead to, and helped sustain, the era known as The Cold War.
Widely celebrated in his time, few today are aware of the contributions made by Admiral Byrd.
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