National Geographic : 1938 Aug
Photograph bySirHubert Wilkins GRINDING, DRIFTING ICE AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE-AND NO TRACE OF THE MISSING FLYERS Fleecy clouds partially hide the pack ice northwest of Prince Patrick Island. Although only about half the distance flown was inclear weather, close observation was possible over an Arctic area of 170,000 square miles, "of which at least 150,000 square miles, an area larger than Montana, had never before been seen byhuman eyes." Sir Hubert requested and obtained weather reports by radio from Fairbanks, Alaska. All countries bordering the Arctic Ocean contributed meteorological data. Soaccurate became the forecasts that the plane at times flew for hundreds of miles through clouds to find clear weather, as predicted, inthearea tobesearched (page 160).