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Rear Admiral Byrd introduces the film with scenes of the expedition leaving New York, escorted by the Leviathan , and this introduction is followed by a storm at sea and a battle with the Antarctic icepack. On Christmas Day port is sighted, and while Byrd inspects unusual ice formations, penguins inspect the visitors, at Ross Barrier. With Little America achieved, the airplane City of New York leaves under Gould; but the plane is wrecked in a fierce blizzard and Byrd heads a rescue party. During the long winter night of 6 months, the men equip themselves with new clothes and make preparations for the Polar flight; in the spring, with the first glimpse of the returning sun, Byrd raises the flags of Britain and Norway in memory of Scott and Amundsen. Gould leaves on an emergency base-laying trek by dogsled, while the #2 TFloyd Bennett is assembled; but the Gould party like Byrd's Polar flight is delayed 7 days by a blizzard. Finally, they are off; Byrd tries an unknown pass and reaches the Pole; through the trapdoor, he drops the Stars and Stripes. After a hazardous return flight, they are welcomed at Little America and prepare for the voyage homeward.