National Geographic : 1924 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Official Photograph, U. S. Army Air Service AN OIL TANK FARM AT LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA The large, oval-shaped objects in the foreground are covered lakes of oil (see also illustration, page 77). for a needle in a haystack to tell which of these canyons would lead us to Phoenix, and some of the mountain ranges were too high for us to cross. I was afraid that, should we follow one of these canyons with the enclosing mountains higher than our path of flight, we would be pocketed between the ranges and would be unable to turn in the small radius and get back and out. We decided to fly due west for the Pacific coast, tending our course a trifle to the south. It was not easy to tell what was west, as the compass variation at this point was great. The T-2 crossed the less high ranges and partially fol lowed the ravines in a westerly direction until finally we crossed over a range and the desert lay before us-barren wastes of sand and volcanic rock. CROSSING THE IMPERIAL VALLEY AND THE LAST MOUNTAIN RANGE Although our approximate location was known, our exact position was not certain. Kelly took the controls shortly after this and again picked up our posi tion, when we sighted the Santa Fe Rail road near Wickenburg, Arizona, north west of Phoenix. Wickenburg did not look like much from the air-a couple of box cars, a desert store or two, and some dilapidated shacks-but it served its pur pose and let us know where we were.