National Geographic : 1928 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Airmap Corporation THREE HUNDRED SQUARE MILES OF NEW YORK CITY AND ENVIRONS SEEN FROM AN ELEVATION OF 12,000 FEET A wonderful panoramic view of Greater New York, showing Manhattan Island, between the Hudson (left) and East River (right), with bridges (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Queensborough) to Brooklyn. To the right and near the top of the picture is Hell Gate Bridge (see, also, page 3). Beyond it, to the right, is Long Island Sound. The photograph shows the concentration of skyscrapers in three well-defined localities-the downtown, or financial, district at the south (lower end of Manhattan), the Fifth Avenue shopping district (center, south of Central Park, the oblong space in the background), and the Riverside Drive residential district, on the bank of the Hudson, in the northwest. with him on the mail route between St. Louis and Chicago. My flight training had been in the Marine Corps, and I had been fortunate enough to be connected with the Byrd Polar Plane Tour spon sored by the Guggenheim Fund in 1926. The mechanic selected by the Wright Aeronautical Corporation was Theodore R. Sorenson. By July 20th everything was ready. Kusterer had been given his week's start and another warning to travel fast. Each of the 82 cities had been notified of the date on which we would arrive. It was uptoustoreachthemontimeandtore turn to New York on October 23, as scheduled. Both ships had been inspected and pronounced ready for their long aerial voyage across the continent. THE "SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS" WAS STILL "BLIND" At 12 o'clock Love, Sorenson, and I took off from Mitchel Field for Hartford, and the United States Tour was under way. Colonel Lindbergh followed soon after.