CHINA: Higher Than Everest?

From an air base in China New York Timesman Brooks Atkinson reported that a U.S. flyer, cutting across the mountains to Chinese Turkestan, had taken his plane up through a soupy overcast to 31,000 ft. Said the unnamed pilot: "I was surprised to find I was flying parallel with a mountain, between 2,000 and 3,000 ft. below its peak."

That gave the pilot something to think about: he knew that Mt. Everest, highest known mountain in the world, is 29,141 ft.—some 3,000 ft. lower.

What an American plane was doing on the Turkestan route, Atkinson did not report. But directly across...

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