World renowned aviator Bernt Balchen was born in Tveit, Norway on October 23, 1899. Colonel Balchen, a native Norwegian, started
flying in 1921. He became a U.S. citizen in 1930. His career spanned 35 years, serving both governments in cold-weather aviation.
His many accomplishments include: pilot of the “America” transoceanic flight, searching for Amundsen, Byrd Antarctica expedition,
building a secret air base in Greenland, rescues of downed planes, flying arms to Norwegian Resistance movement, rebuilding
SAS Airlines, the DEW Line, and many other notable achievements. He retired from the USAF in 1956. He received many honors
for his contributions to aviation. Colonel Balchen passed away in 1973 and was buried on his 74th birthday.