National Geographic : 1924 Feb
Official photograph, U.S.Army AirService, Photographic Section KILAUEA MILITARY CAMP AND THE CRATER: PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN FROM AN ELEVATION OF500 FEET The island of Hawaii is peculiar in that it has, in its vast extent of 4,000 square miles, scarcely a place which isnaturally suitable foralanding field, without the expenditure of considerable labor and money. Being the last of the islands to be formedby Nature, itstill isina"raw state." Its immense mountains and its vast plains have in their formation considered not the airplane and its needs.Rough lava flows, boulders, earthquake cracks, and dense tropical vegetation alike offer poor facilities for a landing. A landing field was finallyprepared onastretch ofoldlava within the crater of the volcano itself (see page 228).