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Admiral Byrd: Forged on Ice is a one-hour documentary that follows this man’s life from his childhood in Virginia to the most extreme environments on earth. It shows the legacy he built through sheer will, ambition and perseverance, while looking ahead at the 21st century explorers and climatologists who carry on in his name.

In the last great period of global exploration, Admiral Richard Byrd challenged the forces of nature to advance the cause of science and aviation. He made history when he became the first person to fly over the North Pole in 1926, and followed it up with a death-defying, trans-Atlantic crossing one year later.