Aeronautics: I Christen Thee...

"I Christen Thee . . ."

Too young to have accreted traditions as rich as the sea's, the air has evolved a few rites of its own. One is the quick dip of salute by a plane in flight, another the wing-wag of greeting, another the ring-laying ceremony for a new dirigible (TIME, Nov. 4, 1929). Picturesque is still another —the christening of a new balloon with liquid air. As in the case of the Graf Zeppelin and many smaller craft, it was planned that the Navy's great Akron should be named to the accompaniment...

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