(Newsdesk) Third time lucky. Pilot, Art Mortvedt, flew over the North Pole at 3:43 PM AK time April 6, 2013 in the Cessna 185 N90SN, named Polar Pumpkin. It was the third year in a row he tried to reach 90°N.
From the Pole he continued on to the Russian ice runway, Barneo, 25 miles away, where he landed safely. He was 6 hours 43 min. en route, reported his home team on Facebook. "He got a warm welcome from the Russians and the promise of a hot meal and good bed."
Art will return to Eureka, from where he took off on April 6, as soon as weather permits.
The little orange Cessna 185 N90SN, named Polar Pumpkin, is well known to past South Pole skiers and Vinson climbers. In March it has set off from Fairbanks, Alaska, for a third attempt to fly to the North Pole. In 2011 and 2012 Mortvedt had to turn around due to bad weather at the North Pole.
Alaskan Bush pilot Art Mortvedt attempted the solo flight to 90°N with the aim to land the same plane on the South Pole and North Pole. The South Pole was done November 22, 1999. Art has 5000 hours flight experience, 20+ expeditions to Antarctica and 6 seasons of science logistics in the Arctic. He has studied the traditional life-style of the Inupiat Eskimos and other traditional cultures in South Africa, Australia, the Cook Islands, Greenland and the Falkland Islands.
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