David DeVorkin, a curator of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, completed Race to the Stratosphere: Manned Scientific Ballooning in America in 1989. The book traces the history of manned scientific ballooning, beginning with the flights of Auguste Piccard, and proceeding through the manned flights by the Army Air Corps, up to the Apollo Space Missions.
This collection consists of the photographs used in the book and collected by David DeVorkin for research. There are also a few engineering drawings of the gondola of the balloons.
1.26 linear feet