National Geographic : 1963 Oct
In helmet and goggles, Mrs. Grosvenor (above, right) experienced her first airplane ride at Atlantic City in 1919. Obviously pleased, I took to the air (opposite) on the same occasion. Descending after a 15-minute flight, my pilot cut the engine. I thought it had failed, but we floated down safely. The flights gave us a personal experience in a long time interest: the science of aviation. This interest was well stated in the August, 1927, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "Since Langley pioneered thirty-one years ago; since Alexander Graham Bell flew his man lifting kite; since the Wright Brothers boldly rode the skies in the first crude, careening biplane, the growth and progress of air travel have been steadfastly aided and encour aged by the National Geographic Society." As Editor, I continually scheduled aeronautical articles; today their listing alone re quires nearly five pages in our Cumulative Index. We took readers aloft in kites, balloons, gliders, seaplanes, dirigibles, helicopters, jets, and finally space capsules. We established a transpacific first on May 14, 1937, after Pan American Airways set up its Orient run, becoming the first couple to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong as paying passengers. Our seatmate was Carlos Romulo, who later became the Ambassador from the Philippines to the United States.