Admiral E. Byrd was a U.S. Naval officer and scientist who led an expedition to the South Pole in 1946 and some years later made entries in his diary that have remained largely obscure for decades but have gradually come to prominence in recent years. Read Byrd’s diary entry here.
What emerges from his diary is a tale so astounding it reads like a plot from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth and other popular adventure fantasy movies of yesteryear. It would appear to support the Hollow Earth Theory first proposed by Edmond Halley, a British astronomer and mathematician, in 1692, that the Earth consisted of a hollow shell about 800km or 500 miles thick, with two inner concentric shells and an innermost core, about the diameter of the planets Venus, Mars and Mercury. Atmosphere separate these shells and each has its own magnetic poles, with vast oceans and a living breathing interior. But more importantly perhaps, therein may lie an urgent message for mankind.
Code named Operation ‘Highjump’ and officially The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, was launched in late August 1946 with a large Naval contingent which included 4,700 personnel, 13 ships and 33 aircraft, with the primary objective of establishing an Antarctic research base named Little America IV.
In an interview with the International News Service in 1947, which was later published in Chilean newspaper ‘El Mercurio’, Byrd warned the American government that they were vulnerable to attack from the polar regions, and reads as follows:
‘Admiral Richard E. Byrd warned today that the United States should adopt measures of protection against the possibility of an invasion of the country by hostile planes coming from the polar regions. The admiral explained that he was not trying to scare anyone, but the cruel reality is that in case of a new war, the United States could be attacked by planes flying over one or both poles. This statement was made as part of a recapitulation of his own polar experience, in an exclusive interview with International News Service. Talking about the recently completed expedition, Byrd said that the most important result of his observations and discoveries is the potential effect that they have in relation to the security of the United States. The fantastic speed with which the world is shrinking – recalled the admiral – is one of the most important lessons learned during his recent Antarctic exploration. I have to warn my compatriots that the time has ended when we were able to take refuge in our isolation and rely on the certainty that the distances, the oceans, and the poles were a guarantee of safety’.
The North and South Poles are not no-fly zones but clearly due to safety and security considerations are rarely traversed regions of the world, and the Antarctic Treaty System which essentially prohibits entry other than for reasons of scientific exploration, as it states the Antarctic is a ‘scientific preserve’, will no doubt ensure Admiral E. Byrd’s fantastic and unusual affirmations remain a mystery for all time.