Imagine an unlimited 45,000 pound automobile (size meters – width 6.06 meters) with large tires of 1,900 kilos every (top wheels retracted three.7 meters – top wheels prolonged four.9 meters) and powered by two 200-hp diesel engines. On prime of that it carries a Navy pursuit airplane and it drives over the South Pole’s icy wastelands.

That is precisely what occurred in 1939. This large snow cruiser carried 5 males and a Navy BI-plane and ample tools for an exploring journey to final a yr and it’s lacking.

The official story tells us that the Antarctic snow cruiser was supposed to facilitate transport in Antarctica whereas the crew consisting of scientists carried out seismologic experiments, cosmic-ray measurements, and ice core sampling whereas residing within the snow- and timber-covered Snow Cruiser.

But it’s extra probably that the snow cruiser has been used for a secret operation led by Admiral Richard E. Byrd.

As the Americans knew that the Germans had been conducting a secret expedition in Antarctica, Admiral Richard E. Byrd acquired confidential orders from the White House for placing collectively an American expedition to Antarctica and these orders had been a State Department secret, even the existence of the orders had been stored secret.

The potential motive for the expedition… the Americans wished to be the primary to achieve entrance and to discover the legendary lands contained in the earth past the pole.

You should know that the snow machine was featured in each newspaper headline regarding the preparations for the 1939 Antarctic Expedition and for months Americans had learn each tiny element in regards to the progress of manufacturing the beast.

But after The Snow Cruiser arrived at Little America within the Bay of Whales, Antarctica in early January 1940… the thriller begins… From this level on the snow cruiser was by no means talked about once more within the newspapers and it was as if the snow cruiser by no means existed.

There was solely a last newspaper article issued on May 15, 1940 of The New York occasions detailing Admiral Byrd’s report on the findings of the 1939 Antarctic Expedition.

The Admiral reported that the expedition “achieved way more than he thought potential together with the invention of 900 miles of unknown shoreline that explorers had been looking for for 100 years but in addition on this article he by no means talked about the snow cruiser, even stranger what was that apparently he was by no means requested. The large machine that had been on everybody’s minds and lips earlier than Byrd left was would possibly by no means had existed.

During Operation Highjump in late 1946, an expedition crew discovered the deserted automobile however inside, the automobile was precisely because the crew had left it, with papers, magazines, and cigarettes scattered throughout. The snow cruiser wanted solely air within the tires and a few servicing to make it operational.

In 1958, a global expedition uncovered the snow cruiser once more utilizing a bulldozer. It was lined by a number of ft of snow however a protracted bamboo pole marked its place.

Later expeditions reported no hint of the automobile and now greater than 75 years later, it’s nonetheless not sure the place the snow cruiser is and the query stays what occurred to the monster machine and the info it was designed to assemble and the crew and help crew that had been left behind to hold on?