AERONAUTICS: First Air Liner

"Hoch!" cried Capt. Ernest A. Leh- mann, first officer of the Graf Zeppelin. It was the command to let go. "Hoch!" echoed a multitude of voices, for the same word in German is a cheer.

The first trans-Atlantic air liner had left earth at Friedrichshafen, not to touch it again until it reached Lakehurst, in hours later, after a voyage of 6,000 miles.

The few days' delay had caused Dr. Eckener much annoyance. It had been his intention to prove that such an undertaking was not a stunt but a...