National Geographic : 1924 Jul
THE NON-STOP FLIGHT ACROSS AMERICA Official Photograph, U. S. Army Air Service LOOKING UP TIIE BOISE RIVER FROM ARROW ROCK DAM The reservoir winds back through the hills for miles beyond the dam, which was completed in five years. It is surrounded by rolling hills, and no flat areas are available for emergency landing in the event of engine trouble. Aviators must depend on parachutes unless they are near enough to the reservoir to drop the plane into it. The Commanding Officer of McCook Field was immediately notified by tele phone, and the respects of the two pilots were paid to the Commanding General of the Fifth Corps Area. Before leaving in another airplane for MlcCook Field, Dayton, both Kelly and I requested telegraph blanks and sent wires to our parents, telling them of our safe landing. I wired my mother as follows: "MRS. B . MACREADY, 614 So. Carondelet St., Los Angeles, Cal.: "Landed safely; broke engine; pilots un injured." and later observed in the Associated Press notices that "the first thing that Macready did on landing was to send a wire to his wife." Inasmuch as I had no wife at that time, I have been explaining ever since about this wife hidden in California, whom none of my friends had ever heard of, and the explanations did not appear satisfactory. I attempted to clear the situation by getting married on the com pletion of the second flight, but now many people believe that I am a bigamist. Although naturally very tired toward the finish of the flight, neither of us was in bad shape, but the physical and mental 43.