Up, Up, and Away
Explorer II High Altitude Balloon
Explorer II balloon was designed to study conditions in the highest reaches
of the atmosphere. It was flown in 1935 and carried Capt. Albert W. Stevens
and Capt. Orvil A. Anderson higher than anyone had ever flown before.
Sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Army Air Corps,
Explorer II rose to 72,395 feet, a world altitude record which held for
20 years. (47k jpg)
Balloon and blimp photography have a lighter side as well. The Goodyear Blimp provided these unique views of familiar places and events.
Photographs courtesy Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company