National Geographic : 1928 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE afternoon, and the rest of this time was taken up in attending to tour business and getting ready for dinner. The banquet began at 7 and ended at 9 o'clock. The rest of the evening was devoted to planning the next day's flight. This had to be figured very carefully, as there were always requests from cities asking Colonel Lindbergh to circle over them. If they were near the course, he agreed on con dition that they mark their roofs to guide aviators on cross-country flights. Such a air-markings are helpful to pilots who are Z not familiar with the country. Without Them, a pilot who is lost frequently has to dive down at a railroad station to read the Q name on the side. This is dangerous and Should be entirely unnecessary. a When the day's route had been decided, the total distance was measured, and from Z this we figured the flying time. Half an A hour was added to allow the advance plane o time to arrive ahead of the Spirit of St. L Louis. Two hours covered the time for Dressing, breakfast, packing, driving to " the airport, and warming up the engines. Subtracting this total from 2 o'clock gave 3 the hour of arising, which was sometimes . undesirably early. H On the second day we flew to Provi w dence, landing at Quonset Point. The o program here was carried out as at Hart ford, and the next morning found us Headed for Boston. Colonel Lindbergh received a great ovation at this historic - city. The next morning we attended a Breakfast in honor of Commander Byrd Sand the crew of the America, and Lieut. SLester J. Maitland and Lieut. Albert F. , Hegenberger, of San Francisco-to-Hono z lulu fame. . TAKING OFF FROM BOSTON IN DENSE FOG When we reached the airport we experi enced our first trouble. A dense fog cov ered the bay and the surrounding terri tory. When Colonel Lindbergh started his engine, there were protests at his fly ing when visibility was so poor. He went ahead with his preparations, however. "Flying in this fog won't be so bad," he explained. "With these modern in struments, it is easy to fly indefinitely without seeing the ground or sky. All I am worried about is whether the airport at Portland is clear."