Portion of gas balloon Explorer

Portion of gas balloon Explorer

Dates: 1934

Two balloon fragments, one containing the following typed information: "Portion of gas balloon 'Explorer' used in stratosphere flight. Started - 5:40 A.M. July 28, 1934 from five miles SW of Rapid City, So. Dakota. Ascended to 60613 feet approx. when bag developed rip which forced flyers to descend by parachutes. Landed July 28 at 3:40 P.M. near Holdrege, Neb. where the gondola was wrecked." Fragment signed by W. E. Kepner, Albert W. Stevens, and Orvil A. Anderson.

  • Extent: 2 items 41 x 18 cm. and smaller.
  • Creator: Anderson, Orvil A.. -- Kepner, W. E.. -- Stevens, A. W. (Albert William), 1886-1949
  • Call Number: MSS SC 3067
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Portion of gas balloon Explorer must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 3067; Portion of gas balloon Explorer; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 3067, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Items found in book by National Geographic Society (U.S.), entitled, The National Geographic Society-U.S. Army Air Corps stratosphere flight of 1935 in the balloon "Explorer II". Volume located in Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University with call number: TL 620 .N3 A3 1936.
Subject Terms
Balloon ascensions; Expeditions and Adventure; Immigration and American Expansion
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Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Portion of gas balloon Explorer
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Finding aid prepared by Megan Furcini
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-02T04:08-0700
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