World's records for distance and endurance were set when the French dirigible Dixmude soared uninterruptedly for 118 hrs., 41 min. over 4,500 miles of Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. The distance: from San Francisco to New York and half way back; from Boston to Southampton and thence to Gibraltar.

On her lofty way back from a two-day cruise over the Sahara, the Dixmude met a hurricane above Sardinia—so circled back to the African coast. Next day Sardinia and Corsica passed beneath her. At seven the following morning...

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