National Geographic : 1936 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Master Sergeant G. B. Gilbert and Captain H. K . Baisley THE BALLOON TOP SPLITS ASUNDER AND "EXPLORER II" GIVES UP THE GHOST A fraction of a second after the rip cord was pulled (see Plate III), the upward-surging gas tore the top out of the balloon, putting a stop to its drift. At the moment this photograph was taken, the nearly decapitated bag had just begun to drop to the earth. There was practically no noise when the bag opened and fell. A close study of this and the succeeding illustrations will show that the gondola was not dragged along the ground after it had gently rolled over on its side.