First over Everest! The Houston-Mount Everest Expedition, 1933

First over Everest! The Houston-Mount Everest Expedition, 1933

First over Everest! The Houston-Mount Everest Expedition, 1933

First over Everest! The Houston-Mount Everest Expedition, 1933

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I have been asked by my colleagues of the Everest Flight Committee, to set out briefly in untechnical language what seem to be the major results of the expedition.

The first point to make clear is that its purpose was not to perform a feat of daring and endurance, to break a record, to do something for the first time. These are doubtless excellent things, and the expedition in fact achieved them--but it was incidentally. The true purpose was austerely scientific: to show that the airplane and the air camera could be made the means of acquiring important knowledge which would otherwise be unattainable.

The second point is that for this purpose the most intricate and patient organization was required. The culminating work would occupy a very small space of time (it took actually less than six hours), but to make it possible there had to be months of labor and thought behind it. The case was parallel to that of a great battle, which may be won in half an hour, but . . .

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