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Art Mortvedt and the Polar Pumpkin made it to the North Pole

Posted: Apr 08, 2013 06:43 pm EDT

(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.

Polar Flight 90 website

Barneo website

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Art' biggest concern during the flight: "With the Arctic Ocean pack ice continually moving, cracking, refreezing, there are clouds of very moist air that, at the optimum temperature, can produce a very rapid buildup of ice on an airborne craft such as the Polar Pumpkin." Image: on the ice at Barneo.
courtesy Barneo Ice Camp 2013, SOURCE
Here at Barneo, near the NP; the South Pole was done November 22, 1999.
courtesy Barneo Ice Camp 2013, SOURCE