AERONAUTICS: A Jump

At Kelly Field, San Antonio, Corporal C. Eugene Conrad entered an airplane piloted by Lieut. Leland S. Andrews, was lifted to a height of 21,500 feet (almost four miles). His fingers so numb with cold that his hands had to be placed on the rip cord of his parachute, Corporal Conrad stepped into space. Eight seconds after he stepped, he pulled the rip cord. Twenty-four minutes and 52 seconds later he landed in an alley in the exclusive residential section of San Antonio, was surrounded by "1,000 cheering school children." Corporal Conrad...

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