National Geographic : 1934 Jun
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE THE EDITORIAL AND EXECUTIVE HEADQUARTERS OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. THE SOCIETY'S LIBRARY IS ON THE EXTREME RIGHT on the medal: Kamchatka, the tundra grown peninsula, buttressed by icy moun tains, which was their first sight of Asia; Tokyo, where, tired but triumphant, they ended the 7,000-mile air trail from Wash ington; Yangtze, where they flew over teeming Chinese provinces desolated by floods and made relief surveys for China's Government. On the 1933 flight they winged their way over the snowy wastes and interior ice cap of Greenland. Soaring south from Europe, they learned by radio that yellow fever was rife at Dakar; so, flying over it, they landed instead at Bathurst, there strug gling to raise their heavy plane for the take off to South America, and finally unloading 40 gallons of gasoline to lighten ship. Then the mighty Amazon, bordered by miles of thick green jungle, with no clear ing for forced landings, and finally Roraima, famous mountain of three countries, mark ing a boundary point for Brazil, Venezuela, and British Guiana. On the long journey to the Orient Mrs. Lindbergh put to severe test her skill in radio operation, navigation, and piloting, which she had patiently acquired under her husband's tutelage. Her clear signals kept the big black and red pontoon plane in almost constant touch with civilization. Upon their safe arrival in Tokyo by the hitherto-untried northern "back-door" route, Mrs. Lindbergh had won her place in the world's most famous flying team. Two years later Mrs. Lindbergh helped make possible an even greater achieve ment-the circumnavigation of the Atlan tic-and as the flight progressed her radio reports telling of their progress recalled, by contrast, the anxious hours with no word during her husband's lone flight across that same ocean. A GALLERY OF ENLARGED GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHS Following the reception and tea, Colonel and Mrs. Lindbergh inspected the notable gallery of pictures in Explorers' Hall enlarged photographs which typify the exploration, adventure, hardship, and some times months of travel involved in obtain ing illustrations for the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE. They paused long before the triumphs of aerial photography achieved by Capt. Al bert W. Stevens-the first photograph of a waterspout made from an airplane, the famous picture of the advancing shadow of the moon during The Society's sun eclipse expedition, a unique photograph of the National Capital, which shows also Balti more, Annapolis, and the head of Chesa peake Bay, 85 miles distant. Other views in the gallery of photographic masterpieces, some not duplicated anywhere else and costing much time and dangerous hours of difficult travel to obtain, sug gested many far-away places the Lind berghs had visited.