National Geographic : 1938 Aug
photograph byairHubert Wilkins THROUGH RIFTS IN FOG AND CLOUDS, WATCHERS FROM THE SKY SCANNED THE MONOTONOUSPATTERN OFBROKEN PACK ICE Leads of open water in the Arctic Ocean northwest of Prince Patrick Island were found full of ice fragments in September. Alighting intheflying boat would have been extremely hazardous. For a wheeled plane, such as the Soviet flyers used, the rough, hummocky floes, pock-marked with pools ofmelted snow, would have offered scant chance of a safe landing. A radio call to Levanevsky was sent out every half hour from the search plane, and the operator listened forreply signals during 30minutes of the hour. No sound from the missing Russian trail-blazers was picked up during the six months or so of attempted radio contact.