National Geographic : 1934 Oct
Photograph by Lieutenant Phillips and Master Sergeant gilbert FLIGHT'S END--AND A CLOUD OF DUST! Here in the drought-parched cornfield of a Nebraska farm, near Holdrege, the gondola crashed to earth. The photograph was made from the accompanying U.S.Army airplane at the moment of impact (see text, page 417). The ring of dust caused when the globe struck is just rising. Theballoon had burst less than aminute before, and fragments blown out by the explosion can be seen floating downward. The parachutes of two of the balloonists are stillintheairabove and slightly tothe right ofthe fallen gondola. In the adjoining field to the right is the spectrograph, which was cut loose with its parachute and came down without damage. The smashed gondola is covered by the sleeve of balloon fabric which remained attached after the explosion.