National Geographic : 1936 Jan
Photographby Master Sergeant G.B.Gilbert and Captain H.K.Baisley THE BALLOONISTS' MOST DANGEROUS MOMENT LIES JUST AHEAD The bag, semitransparent in the dawning sunlight, shines like a golden pear against the dark green of the bowl.Just asthispicture was taken, asudden downdraft struck the balloon, leveling it off and forcing it down toward the cliff at the right. Quick action on the part of Captain Anderson indumping 750pounds oflead dust in a few seconds saved the balloon from disaster (see page 78). Within 50 feet of the trees the downward drift stopped and theExplorer IIagain began toclimb rapidly towards the heavens. The gondola's microphone happened to be connected with the sending stations of the National Broadcasting Company atthemoment and the brief but expressive remarks of the balloonists were heard by radio listeners in many parts of the country (see text,page 69).