National Geographic : 1936 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Master Sergeant G. B. Gilbert and Captain H. K . Baisley COMING DOWN SLOWLY, WITH 30 FEET TO GO The huge balloon, its gas once more a mere "bubble" in the top, drifts to earth, about 12 miles south of White Lake, South Dakota, after its journey 13.71 miles above sea level. The gondola's elongated shadow (right) affords a scale to measure the bag's approximate height above the ground. Beneath the gondola grass and weeds are magnified by late-afternoon shadows.