National Geographic : 1977 Feb
STRATO-LAB HIGH 5, on May 4, 1961, carried Comdr. Malcolm D. Ross and Lt. Comdr. Victor A. Prather, Jr., of the U. S. Navy to 113,740 feet (21.5 miles). Prather drowned during recovery operations. EXPLORER II lofted man to 72,395 feet, or 13.71 miles - an official record that endured for 22 years. Launched November II, 1935, the giant balloon proved that life could be sustained in the stratosphere. I EXCELSIOR II, on August 16, 1960, lifted Capt. Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr., of the U. S . Air Force, to 102,800 feet. Kittinger made a free-fall descent to 17,500 feet, where his parachute opened. )ctober7-6:10p.m . EDT tronger winds, averaging 31 mph, ave put another 741 miles ehind Silver Fox. October8 - 6:10 p.m . EDT In the third24-hourperiod, wind average drops to 21 mph, and Yost makes only 514 miles, for a total since departureof 1,844 miles. / October 9 - 6:10 p.m. EDT On a wind that averages 26 mph, Silver Fox logs another 627 miles. CONQUEST of the English Channel by hot-air balloon was achieved by author Yost and Don Piccard on April 13,1963.