Art Mortvedt is the first person to fly a single engine production plane solo to both the North and South poles.
He and his orange plane are at AirVenture in Oshkosh, and the pilot, who has more than 6,000 hours flying experience, has some incredible stories to tell of his time at the ends of the earth.
After first flying to the South Pole, he later decided he wanted to fly to the North Pole too. The first two attempts he had to turn around due to the weather, but in April 2013, he took off from Canada and landed back in triumph three days later.
Mortvedt, who lives in Alaska, shared stories about the challenges he faced while flying to either destination, and another where he ran into polar bears just feet from his tent while at the North Pole.
"If they had not been well fed, I don't think I'd be alive today," Mortvedt said of the polar bears.
He was enjoying his fourth time at AirVenture on Friday, and welcomed questions from visitors checking out the plane with a stuffed penguin inside.
"I think it's fantastic," he said of AirVenture.
Mortvedt has a few ideas in mind as to what's next on his flying agenda, but wouldn't say just what they might be.
"I have some ideas," he said. "But I don't talk about them until I do them."
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