Aeronautics: Three Men on a Rope

In a huge circle about the mooring mast at Camp Kearney, near San Diego, Calif., ten thousand people assembled one morning last week to watch the U. S. S. Akron dock for refueling after a turbulent transcontinental passage. Poking through a gradually lifting fog, the great ship dipped slowly three times, three times was whisked up by rising strata of warm air before the ground crews could grab the spider lines from rings on two dangling cables. The fourth time the crowd cheered as the crew caught...

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