National Geographic : 1934 Oct
"ARE YOU THERE?" CAME THEIR CLEAR CALL FROM ALOFT Major Kepner and Captain Stevens are testing the apparatus in the gondola which enabled them to broadcast from far above the clouds, and converse with officers of the National Geographic Society and the United States Army Air Corps in Washington. This mechanism, working perfectly, transmitted one of the most dramatic radio broadcasts ever made, as they told of their thrilling descent to the minute of their escape by parachutes (see page 405). Photographs by Richard H. Stewart THE GONDOLA RECEIVES ITS CARGO An assistant is lifting toamanhole the Fairchild aerial camera which was mounted in a side portholetophotograph toward the horizon. With this camera it was expected that pictures could bemade showing laterally the curvature of the earth. Itsfilm roll was ruined when the gondola crashed. To the left, Gustave Fassin,ofRochester, isholding one ofthe two spectro graphs carried inside the gondola.