Clouds below Balloon during Piccard Stratosphere Flight at Highest Altitude, October 23, 1934

Summary

The Piccard stratosphere flight departed Ford Airport field on October 23, 1934. Spouses Jean and Jeannette Piccard ascended 10.9 miles in a metal gondola carried by a hydrogen balloon. Jeannette was the first American woman licensed as a balloonist, and first to reach the stratosphere. While Jeannette piloted, Jean gathered scientific data. Here, balloon is at highest altitude of 57,579 feet.

The Piccard stratosphere flight departed Ford Airport field on October 23, 1934. Spouses Jean and Jeannette Piccard ascended 10.9 miles in a metal gondola carried by a hydrogen balloon. Jeannette was the first American woman licensed as a balloonist, and first to reach the stratosphere. While Jeannette piloted, Jean gathered scientific data. Here, balloon is at highest altitude of 57,579 feet.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

23 October 1934

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

Henry Ford Office Papers 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.285.34.5

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Inscriptions

Handwritten on back: View of clouds below at maximum elevation Infra red plate

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