National Geographic : 1936 Jan
MAN'S FARTHEST ALOFT HICSOCIE TY rnotograpn Dy Klcnara n. alewart THE ZERO HOUR APPROACHES The first faint suggestion of dawn was seen above the cliff beyond the tapes and ropes. The important task of fastening the gondola to the balloon has almost been completed. Through the cloth sleeve on the left, extending from ground to balloon, the last of the helium gas needed for the take-off will be fed into the bag. The 80-foot emergency parachute, packed in its bag, hangs against the upper portion of the globe. Below can be seen, hanging in place, the ballast bags and battery boxes. Five of the latter were released on parachutes to lighten the load as the balloon returned toward the earth.