National Geographic : 1928 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE THE STATE CAPITOL OF MONTANA, AT HELENA One of the interesting features of this picture is the crisscrossing of the roads in the foreground, which suggests that here anyone desiring to travel in a certain direction proceeds in that way, making his own road. Juarez and that part of Mexico which lies below the Rio Grande at this point. Our next day took us to Santa Fe. This is a very picturesque city and one which appears even more beautiful from the air. The program here was purposely short ened, for the hardest day of the tour lay before us. We turned in at about 6:30, leaving a call for fifteen minutes after midnight. We ate breakfast at I o'clock and an hour later were on our way to the airport. The engines were started with the aid of flashlights. An automobile was sta tioned at the far end of the field with its lights at right angles to the runway. Other cars were lined up, so that their lights pointed in the direction of taking off. Colonel Lindbergh left the ground first and we came close behind. We found no trouble in flying after we had cleared the field. The sky was free from clouds and the stars gave some light. At regular intervals Colonel Lindbergh swung his flashlight in a wide circle to show where he was; otherwise, flying along in the dark, we might possibly have run into him. We had not expected to do any night flying and had not equipped the Spirit of St. Louis with navigation lights. We had expected to watch the sunrise, but before dawn several cloud layers came between us and the earth. There was no sight of Colonel Lindbergh at daylight. We could not get down through the clouds for two hours, as we were unable to find any break in the last layer. It would have been unwise to fly down blindly, for we might have struck a moun tain before we could see it. When we did find a hole we learned we were some dis tance from our course, but by opening up the engine we reached Abilene in a short time. From Abilene we went on to Fort Worth, then Dallas and Oklahoma City. From here the tour went rapidly. At Tulsa we met Arthur C. Goebel, winner of the first prize in the Dole San Fran cisco-to-Honolulu flight. At Little Rock we were very sorry to hear of the death of the Governor of Tennessee. We can celed our visit to Nashville and added an extra day at Memphis.