Aeronautics: Record in Red

A million workers tramped through Moscow's Red Square one day last week. They cheered the 17th All-Union Communist Party Congress which was meeting in the Kremlin. Even louder they cheered the news that a Soviet balloon had climbed into the sky a mile higher than man had ever before ascended.

The balloon flight came as a complete national surprise. For the past six months Osoaviakhim (civilian aviation society) had been planning a stratosphere flight, but its thunder was stolen last autumn when the Red Army balloon U. S. S. R. got away first...

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