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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 6 (October 1, 1930)


New records in high flying and deep diving are being made. In the latter department Italians are effecting wonderful wreck-salvage (recovery of gold, etc.), at great depths, and the British Admiralty is interested in a new deep diving device. Believing that aeroplanes will find the best flying at 50,000 feet or more, Professor Piccard, of Brussels, announces his intention of ascending in a special balloon to test the rarified atmospheres and low temperatures. But he is also interested in “cosmic rays” and may try to reach a height of ten miles. (The aeroplane height record is, at the moment, between 40,000 and 50,000 feet.) Early in September the Frenchmen Costes and Bellonte made the third east-west crossing of the Atlantic by aeroplane. Theirs is the first direct flight from Europe to the United States. (The Germans, Huenfeld and Koehl, and the Australian, Kingsford Smith, both made a stop en route). Theirs is also the longest east-west Atlantic flight, taking 37 hours and covering about 4038 miles.