Major William Ellsworth Kepner (left) and Captain Albert William Stevens (right), with poster on the National Geographic Society - U.S. Army Air Corps stratospheric flight

ID: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4760]

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Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1934

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-4760

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Summary

left to right: Major William Ellsworth Kepner (1893-1982), U.S. Army Air Corps, and Captain Albert William Stevens (1886-1949), U.S. Army Air Corps, were on the National Geographic Society - U.S. Army Air Corps team that made the first flight in the hydrogen balloon "Explorer" on July 29, 1934. The attempt to reach the stratosphere ended when the balloon envelope ruptured, causing the pressurized gondola to plunge. All crew members parachuted safely to ground.

Subject

  • Kepner, William E. 1893-1982
  • Stevens, A. W (Albert William) 1886-1949
  • United States Army Air Corps
  • National Geographic Society (U.S.)

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-4760

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

1934

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Topic

  • Balloons (Aircraft)
  • Aeronautics
  • Ballooning

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Black-and-white photographs

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SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4760]

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Photographic prints

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