National Geographic : 1934 Oct
A STRATOSPHERE VOYAGER NEARS ITS END The Explorer, at an elevation of 8,000 feet over Nebraska, is falling at a speed of approximately 700 feet a minute. The torn fabric from the bottom of the bag hangs down until it touches the gondola, a hundred feet below. The Platte River is shown in the middle distance. Photographs by Lieutenant Phillips and Master Sergeant Gilbert THEN THE BOTTOM DROPPED OUT! The balloon, now at 7,000 feet, islittle more than agigantic parachute. The fabric of the bottomhas torn loose almost completely around the bag. It is held only by a narrow strip onthe right, and bythe ropes that support the gondola.