National Geographic : 1936 Jan
STRATOSPHERE BALLOON FABRIC furnished by WELLINGTON SEARS COMPANY The Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation, Akron, Ohio, constructed the bag of the stratosphere balloon used in the recent suc cessful flight made by Captains Albert W. Stevens and Orvil A. Anderson under the auspices of the National Geographic Society and the U. S. Army Air Corps from fabrics secured chiefly from Wellington Sears Company. In their construction of this record-breaking balloon they used three fabrics-distributed according to accurately calculated deter mination of the stresses to be met. The characteristics of these Wellington Sears fabrics are shown below: FABRIC THREADS PER INCH WEIGHT BREAKING STRENGTH B.A. 30 80x80 4 oz. per sq. yd. 80 lbs. per inch B. B. 104 x 104 3 oz. per sq. yd. 60 lbs. per inch H. H. 130 x 138 2 oz. per sq. yd. 40 Ibs. per inch These aeronautical fabrics have also been used this year on the record-breaking plane of Howard Hughes of California, on Benny Howard's "Mister Mulligan," winner of the Bendix and Thompson Trophies at the National Air Races, and on the "Ole Miss," holder of the record for greatest time aloft-653 hours, 34 min utes, and on the Cessna C-34 Airplane which was judged the most efficient plane in the world at the National Air Races. These records for these fabrics speak for themselves. WELLINGTON SEARS COMPANY * 65 WORTH ST., NEW YORK Also included in the more than 25,000 different Wellington Sears fabrics are Martex Bath Towels, Columbus Sheeting, Oceanic Numbered Duck, Superior Army Duck, Brookside Corduroy and Wellington Clothing Fabrics.