2 What is the “Flyers and Explorers” Globe? BackgroundThe American Geographical Society acquired its Fliers’ & Explorers’ Globe in 1929 as a gift from AGS President John H. Finley. As Editor-in-Chief of the New York Times, Finley invited early heroes of exploration and aviation to draw their routes and sign their names on the 18-inch globe.Signers of the Fliers’ & Explorers’ Globe over the years are men and women who have explored certain places on earth for the first time in recorded history, reached new extremes of height or depth, pioneered new means of travel, or set aviation records. Their accomplishments have been made at great personal physical risk.The Society has continued the custom and, in so doing, has created a remarkable and unique symbol of humanity’s unquenchable drive to explore the universe.Signers of the Fliers’ & Explorers’ Globe are proposed by AGS’ Exploration Committee for approval by the AGS Honors Committee and confirmation by the AGS Council.
3 What does the “Flyers and Explorers” Globe represent? A priceless record of historically significant events of human achievementRecognition of great exploration achievements, including, but not limited to, those in aviationThe importance of geography in understanding the world around usThe American Geographical Society and its longstanding role in exploration
4 The AGS has developed successful corporate sponsorships in support of the Globe… AGS developed corporate sponsorships in support of the Globe to raise awareness of the historical importance of the Globe and Exploration, and to further awareness and support of the AGSMarsh Aviation and Delta Air Lines led the sponsorship of two Globe signing events in 2004USAIG, a leading aviation insurer, contributed funds to support Globe refurbishmentThe AGS offers additional sponsorships by corporations, museums and individuals for future Globe signings and corporate or “museum” public displays to further understanding and awareness of the Globe and its historical importance
5 The AGS Fliers’ and Explorers’ Globe Signers Roald AmundsenNeil ArmstrongWilliam AndersRobert A. BartlettWilliam BeebeFred AustinAlexander BeliakovM. BellonteRussell BoardmanFrank BormanLouise A. BoydW. S. BrockRichard E. ByrdClarence C. ChamberlinValery ChkaloffL. CotteD. CostesAmelia EarhartHugo EckenerLincoln EllsworthCharles EvansJames E. FitsmauriceP. J. GaffneyWalt PitmanHarold GattyJohn Glenn, Jr.B. OrteigRussell OwenRobert PearyCarl O. PetersenJ. PolandoWiley PostFinn RonneFred RootsJ. de SibourViolette de SibourVilhjalmur StefanssonLeigh WadeSir Hubert WilkinsJ. Tuzo WilsonWalter A. WoodJ. M. WordieBertrand PiccardWilliam RyanJunko TabeiLiv ArnesonEdith RonneJennie DarlingtonAnn BancroftDr. Sylvia EarleBryan AllenBill AndersonLawrence GouldK. R. GreenawayWolfgang von GronauAlbert A. HegenbergerMatthew A. HensenE.P. HillaryHerbert Hollick-KenyonBaron Gunther von HunefeldC. Kingsford SmithHerman KoehlJoseph Le BrixRichard LightCharles A. LindberghJames LovellGeorge LoweHarry LynchHarry LyonLester J. MaitlandHarrison FinchBrian JonesDon WalshJack L. MartinJ.A. MollisonRobert Cushman MurphyFridtjof NansenErik Nelson
6 President John F. Kennedy looks on as Astronaut John Glenn signs the Globe
8 2004 Globe appearances…New York, March 2004, attendees join old and new signers of the globe at the Powerhouse in the Museum of Natural History.Event honorees, and new Globe signers includedWilliam Anderson – 1958 commander of the submarine NAUTILUS, first vessel to cross the North Pole by waterAnn Bancroft - first woman to reach both the North Pole (1986 by dog sled) and South Pole (1993 on skis)Liv Arneson - one of the first women to ski and sail across the Antarctic Landmass in 2001Junko Tabei – first woman to climb Mt. Everest in 1975Prior signers who introduced the new honorees for this event:Brian Jones - carried out the first non-stop round the world flight in a balloon, Breitling Orbiter 3William (Bill) Anders: First lunar orbital mission, 1968, Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 8Don Walsh - dived deeper than any other humans in history when they descended to the bottom of the Marianas Trench in 1960
9 AGS President Jerry Dobson (left), Mr. and Mrs AGS President Jerry Dobson (left), Mr. and Mrs. Bill Anderson, AGS Executive Director Mary Lynne Bird (right) (Left to Right) Brian Jones, Don Walsh, Junko Tabei, Bill Anderson, Liv Arnesen, Ann Bancroft, Bill AndersMs Junko Tabei
10 New York March 2004 Globe Signing Event Dr. Jerome Dobson, AGSJerry Frick, MarshNathan Sambul, MarshMs. Michele Burns, DeltaChris Duncan, DeltaWilliam Anderson,Ms. Mary Lynne Bird, AGSDon WalshMs. Anne BancroftMs. Liv ArnesonMs. Mary Lynne Bird, AGSBack: Chris Duncan, Brian Jones, Don Walsh, Junko Tabei, Liv Arneson, Jerome Dobson, Anne bancroft, Bill Naders, Nathan SambulFront: John Gould, Michele Burns, Mary Lynne Bird, William Anderson
11 2004 Globe Appearances, continued Atlanta, May 2004, our second event, was hosted at the Atlanta History Center.Event honorees, and new Globe signers included:Bryan Allen – the first person to fly a human-powered aircraft 22 miles across the English Channel in 1979Dr. Sylvia Earle – walked unassisted on the sea floor at a record depth of 1,250 feet below the surface in 1979Edith Ronne – In 1947, became one of the first women to winter-over AntarcticaIntroducing Event honorees included:Neil Armstrong - the first person to set foot on the moon's surface in 1969Keith Greenaway - navigated the first U.S. military flight in 1946 over the North PoleGeorge Lowe - a member of the 1953 British Everest Expedition, the first team to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
12 Edith Ronne, Keith Greenaway, Bryan Allen Left to Right: Neil Armstrong, George Lowe, Dr. Sylvia Earle,Edith Ronne, Keith Greenaway, Bryan Allen
13 Atlanta May 2004 Globe Signing Event Ms. Mary Lynne Bird, AGS Dr. Sylvia EarleMs. Edith Ronne, George LoweNeal Armstrong, Ms. Karen Ronne TupekMs. Edith RonneBryan Allen
14 To find out more about the extensive history of the Flyers’ and Explorers’ Globe, as well as a complete listing of the Globe signers and the events for which they signed, please visitFor those interested in corporate sponsorships of the Globe, or in a Globe display event for your corporation or museum event, or researching the Globe’s expansive history, please contact the Executive Director of The American Geographical Society, Ms. Mary Lynne Bird, at