National Geographic : 1928 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE HANGING IN THE AIR When two planes fly side by side, as in this picture, each appears to the other to be hanging in the air without any movement except that of the propeller. This is true except in "bumpy" weather, when rising and falling air currents send the entire plane up or down or cause a wing to tilt slightly for a moment. Flying together in this way is always interesting, for pilots can signal each other and can carry on dumb-show conversation for long periods when there is nothing of particular interest to be seen below. Although the speed of the planes is not apparent when flying parallel, a slight touch on the rudder bar of either plane will cause it to shoot rapidly off to one side, so that within one or two seconds there will be a wide space between them. we reached Moline at I:30, exactly on schedule. We left our ships at the Moline air port, but the official visit was paid to all four of the so-called Quad Cities-Moline, Davenport, Rock Island, and East Moline. We spent the night at the quarters of Col. David M. King, Commanding Officer of the Rock Island Arsenal, and before taking off for Milwaukee we inspected the arsenal buildings and shops. At Milwaukee we again met Lieuten ant Maitland and Lieutenant Hegenberger, who were flying east in a three-engine Army transport, the same type of ship they has used in flying to Honolulu. From Milwaukee we turned west to ward Madison, where Colonel Lindbergh attended the University of Wisconsin be fore taking up aviation. On the way to Minneapolis we deviated from our course to fly over the head waters of the Mississippi. It was strange to see the source of the stream which we had already seen farther south as a great river. At Minneapolis the crowd proved too much for the police at the airport. Sev eral thousand people broke through the line on to the field, as Colonel Lindbergh landed, so that he had to head for the nearest hangar to avoid running into them. He was supposed to use a hangar at the opposite end of the field, but he had no choice. MRS. LINDBERGH MAKES A FLIGHT OVER FAMILIAR TERRITORY The time lost in getting the plane under guard and clearing the field cut the period for the Minneapolis program in half. We had agreed to be at the St. Paul city limits at a certain hour, and of course we had to keep our agreement. For this reason our visit to Minneapolis was rather short and our passage through the city was rapid.