National Geographic : 1925 Nov
528 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE '"^ 3L ! <f :; ^ '" -' -:' - 4 Photograph by Jacob Gayer SISTER PLANES FLYING OVER ICE-BOUND SMITH SOUND EN ROUTE FOR ELLESMERE ISLAND Along the Greenland shore fairly wide leads can be seen. What seems a smooth field of ice below is actually ridged into rough hummocks with towering icebergs added like the plums in a pudding. Chief Aerographer Francis is seen outside the cockpit securing a cinema record of this epic Arctic flight. My joy at finding the NA-2 and NA- 3 safe at Etah was great. FIRST LANDING ON ELLESMERE ISLAND On August 12 I sent the following re port to the Secretary of the Navy: Left last night at 9:30 p. m. for Beitstad Fiord: NA- 3 Reber and McDonald; NA-2 Schur and Rocheville; NA-I Byrd and Bennett. At Io o'clock NA-2 had to turn back, due to low temperature of motor. NA-i and NA- 3 reached eastern end of Beitstad Fiord at ii p. m . Did not land in Beitstad Fiord, due to strong cross wind from southwest. This fiord is magnificent. Its cliffs rise straight up from the water for 2,000 feet. Landed on western end of Hayes Fiord, but strong wind rushing down from glacier made anchoring or taking the plane up to the rocky coastline impossible. Took off and both planes reached ship at midnight. Have found another spot free of ice where a landing might be made-the west ern end of Flagler Fiord. Commander MacMillan has agreed to establish a base there as soon as the weather permits. It blew a gale most of the day and Ellesmere Island has been covered with fog. At last we had been able to land in the interior of Ellesmere Island, but the water :~ iXg:.