Aeronautics: Ghost Ship

Like the terrible secret of the U. S. Navy collier Cyclops (TIME, July 14), the exact fate of France's dirigible Dixmude has remained a mystery since 1923. Last week it was reported that the French Government might send an expedition into the Sahara to trace stories of desert tribesmen that the ship's wreckage lay about 300 mi. south of In Salah. No European, it was said, had ever penetrated there.

In December 1923, with a crew of 50, the Dixmude left her base at Cuers-Pierrefou for a 72-hour flight over North Africa. On...

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