National Geographic : 1927 Sep
75 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 201510505 z"47 'u -- ... IOUDLANR 5000s COMMANDER BYRD PLOTS A NEW TRANSATLANTIC ROUTE ALONG WHICH FUTURE FLYERS MAY CROSS ON SCHEDULE Commander Byrd worked out this course for his transatlantic flight, because it requires the simplestnavigation. Itcan beflown by dead reckoning from St. Johns, Newfoundland, to Valencia Island, Ireland. In this work Commander Byrd had the cooperation oftheNational Geographic Society and its chief cartographer, Albert H. Bumstead. Commander Byrd forsook this course to take advantageofwinds atvarious altitudes. and its chief cartoo-rapher, Albert H. Bumstead. Commander Byrd forsook this course to take advantageofwinds atvarious altitudes. Photograph from Wide World WAITING FOR THE WEATHER MAN During the days of weary delay the America was always ready to take off, but Commander Byrd insisted theflight was notarace, butavoyage for scientific observation. The flyers were not awaiting ideal weather, but took off the moment the meteorologists indicated conditions which offered a reasonable margin of safety (see text, page 347).