Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica

1,000 feet above Mt. Erebus. Not quite like flying for the CIA in Cambodia, but at least he was still in the air. Having flown for his country in utmost secrecy, Bryan T. Conrad was about to become the most famous pilot of all time. Not for breaking the sound barrier in the X-1, or crossing into space in an X-15, but for flying a select group of 12 civilians in his tricked-out BTC (Beat The Clock) Hercules around the South Pole; the first people on the planet to experience 12. 22.12. 24 times each.