National Geographic : 1936 Jan
ACTION PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BALLOON'S PERFECT LANDING Photograph by Richard H. Stewart and Captain James Haizlip CONTACT! THE GONDOLA MEETS ITS SHADOW AND THE GROUND At this instant Captain Stevens and Captain Anderson, working together, pulled the rip cord to release the gas and deflate the bag. The tiny dimple in the top of the balloon near the right edge indicates the pull is taking effect. The black dot to the left is one of the two balloon valves. This remarkable series of pictures, taken from escorting airplanes, shows the successive stages in the safe landing of the Explorer II.