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Stratosphere Flight--National Geographic Society/United States Army Air Corps

 Unprocessed — Box: 08535 C
Identifier: H2010-016

Content Description

The collection consists of nine black and white, real photo postcards of scenes and events relating to the Stratosphere Flights of 1934 and 1935 undertaken by the the National Geographic Society and the United States Army Air Corps. The Stratosphere Flights were conducted at the Stratobowl site with the launching of two gondolas, Explorer I and Explorer II, which were manned high-altitude balloons capable of stratospheric flight. All of the postcards were published by the Rise Studio in Rapid City. Titles for each postcard are provided: “Major W. E. Keppner and Capt. A.W. Stevens (Pilot and Observer) National Geographic Society – U.S. Army Corps Stratosphere Flight – Ascent, Rapid City, SD, 1934,” “Capt. A. W. Stevens, Governor Tom Berry, Major W. E. Keppner, Thos. W. McKnew, Lt. Orvil A Anderson,” “Major Wm. A Keppner and Capt. Orvil Anderson preparing to ascend on the trial flight,” “Army Transport (Fokker) Plane which will follow Stratosphere Balloon on it’s flight,” “Gondola on Truck,” “1500 Hydrogen Flasks for inflating Balloon – Hydrogen is compressed to 2000 lbs. pressure,” “Close up view of Stratosphere Flight,” “Telescopic View of Stratosphere Bowl from Rim – canvas laid out to protect Balloon,” and “Night Scene at Stratosphere Bowl showing illumination to be used when inflating World’s Largest Balloon.”

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1934-1935



0.1 Cubic Feet