Aeronautics: Racing Gasbags

When the weather map showed winds from the south, pilots of the six balloons about to cast off from Omaha in the annual National Balloon Race scurried about for firearms, fishing tackle, emergency rations. Prizes of the race were the Litchfield Trophy and third place on the U. S. team for the international races next September.† With south winds, to win might mean sailing far into the Canadian wilds.

Filled only to 35,000 cu. ft. because of scarcity of hydrogen, some of the bags had difficulty in leaving the ground. The City of...

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