National Geographic : 1934 Oct
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Newton V. Blakeslee HAPPY LANDING! The three balloonists return to the home of the National Geographic Society with the parachutes which brought them safely to earth: Captain Anderson, Major Kepner, Captain Stevens. Perhaps never was a flight conducted so economically, considering its size and scope, nor one in which so many people gave so readily of their funds and time. The Army approved the flight and lent freely of its men, both from the Air Corps and from the cavalry unit at Fort Meade, and considered that the time spent was valuable training for Army personnel. An opportunity also was afforded for practical service tests, in ascent is that we the field, of certain equipment, such as the Army's liquid oxygen truck. South Dakota found that thousands of visi tors to Yellowstone Na tional Park and other points were attracted to the State by the preparations for the stratosphere flight. The Chamber of Commerce of Rapid City had generously helped preparations in making our camp ready, even to the point of providing railings to protect the thousands of spectators who day and night looked on from the cliffs that en circled the "bowl." The generous hospi tality of these western people and their co operation added to the willingness with which the visiting scientists attacked the many problems of installa tion. Never was there a camp in which so many people, engaged in widely varying lines of activity, worked to gether more harmoni ously. Our most cheering thought of the recent feel we have successfully solved the problems of living and working efficiently in the stratosphere. It is gratify ing to be able to state that not a single piece of scientific equipment attached to the gon dola failed us during the flight; every in strument worked exactly as planned. As for the balloon, we think another can be built that will go to its calculated maximum elevation without mishap. 434 "~"~3~"