Aeronautics: Second Highest?

Gentle, spindly Auguste Piccard has twice explored his beloved stratosphere ten miles above Earth—highest man has ever gone. Last week a man who wears a metal band to support his head because his neck was broken flying in the War nearly intruded upon frail Professor Piccard's rarefied kingdom. In a specially lightened Bull Pup plane powered with a 550-h. p. Pegasus motor. Chief Test Pilot Cyril Unwins of Britain's Bristol Aeroplane Co., Ltd., soared 45,000 ft.— more than eight miles above the Severn Valley. Classified as an "interceptor" in the Royal Air Force,...

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