Date: 12-2-1940 Life Magazine
Condition: Very Good
Cover: James Grow, 29, is looking out through the opening of the
butterfly valve of a deflated balloon near the Goodyear plant in Akron.
A lighter than air technician with Goodyear since 1930, free Balloonist
James Grow is interested in airship construction. Like many naval experts,
he believes there is a place for airships in a plane dominated world.
Right now, the Navy is building 48 airships as part of its airship expansion
program. Free balloons are the basic trainers for air ship operation.
For news and pictures of free ballooning operations see pages 34 & 35.
From LIFE's Correspondents
Speaking of Pictures: These Are by a Village Photographer
LIFE's Pictures: an Index
Feuds of American Labor Leaders Imperil Labor & National Defense
LIFE on the Newsfronts of the World
Salvation Army Buries Eight Poison–Pancake Victims
Musolini Bogs Down in Greece
Balloon Crew Makes Rip–Panel Landing During Practice Flight
Britain Gets 46 Bombers in Return for Engines Needed by U.S.
LIFE's Reporter Crosses Atlantic on U.S. Destroyer
Movies: "The Letter"
Somerset Maugham Visits U.S. After Fleeing Conquered France
LIFE Visits Franklin, Ind. on Saturday Night
Radio City Rockettes
Bill Stern Picks All–America from Country's Best Football Players
Machine Tools Are Prelude to Defense Program
The Six Top U.S. Generals
Avila Camacho, New President of Mexico
Dangerous Sawfish Is Captured with Wire Noose
Case of Pious Impostor Is Solved by Lady Art–Restorer
Broadway Toasts "Life With Father" on First Birthday
LIFE Goes to a Philadelphia Charity Ball
1941 Plymouth Automobiles
Sunbeam Coffee Maker
Lane Cedar Hope Chest
Old Schenley Whiskey
Seagram's 7 Crown
Lincoln Zephyr V-12