National Geographic : 1938 Jul
rnotograpn oynans uLroennonI AS IF DEFYING THE LIGHTNING, A SAILPLANE AT HARRIS HILL, ELMIRA, NEW YORK, TAKES OFF UNDER BLACK THUNDERCLOUDS Pilot Peter Riedel's weather-wise eyes have noted that the storm, though it looks forbidding, has actually passed overthe hilland initswake arecoming good thermal soaring conditions, with formation of cumulus clouds. So, towed by a speeding automobile, the German expert shoots skyward inthe1937 National Soaring Contest. He amassed the largest number of points, although, as a foreigner, he was not eligible for the national championship. Flyinginactual thunderclouds isdangerous, but daring pilots have tried it and lived (page 140).