National Geographic : 1926 Jan
ON THE TRAIL OF THE AIR MAIL REPAIRING A CASE CONTAINING A PARACHUTE AND FLARE Two flares are carried for possible use in forced landings at night. They have proved indispensable and have been the means of saving several pilots' lives, as well as often preventing much damage to equipment when landing on strange fields. Photographs by Nat L. Dewell PARACHUTE FLARES INSTALLED BENEATH TIIE FUSELAGE OF A NIGIT PLANE When the pilot is forced to make a landing, he pulls a lever in the cockpit which releases one of these flares. As it drops from the plane a trip opens the case, which releases the parachute (see page 14) and also ignites the slow-burning flare which illuminates the ground.