Transport: Perfect Control

One fine Iowa morning last week a country doctor saw a strange thing in the sky. It looked like two clusters of white grapes, floating along with the wind, with something resembling a bathtub, a coffin or a sweatbox dangling below. The doctor was on a confinement case so he did not stop to gawp.

Some time later a farmer was milking his cows when a gaunt, pleasant man with flowing hair, wearing a damaged white suit, stepped into his barn and said, "Good morning!" This was Jean Piccard, stratosphere balloonist, twin brother...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!