The 1907 Gordon Bennett Race—In Stereo!
3-D photos of early balloons and aero meets, from the Smithsonian vaults.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, August 17, 2010
In a Mix photo chronicling the 1907 St. Louis race, pilot Alfred Leblanc stands in the Île de France’s gondola. (Second from left is A. Leo Stevens, accomplished balloonist and exhibitor in parachute and human cannonball shows.) Sleep in the small basket was impossible; fortifying themselves with canned meat and sandwiches, Mix and Leblanc stayed awake for 41 hours.