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 - THE MAN WHO TRACED SIMONS Flight Rugged for...
THE MAN WHO TRACED SIMONS Flight Rugged for Hovland, Too Tracing a block-long manned balloon after its world record climb to 102,000 feet is a "rugged and tiring job," a tired Glenn Hovland, Austin Airport manager, yawned this morning. In three days, from Sunday night until Wednesday night, Hovland got only 2',2 hours sleep. His plane, along with two helicopters, a C47 loaded with scientists and a ground t r uc k, tracked the manned balloon from Crosby to South j Dakota. Hovland In a man-size capsule suspended below the balloon was Maj. David G. Simons, Air Force space doctor. ing, and it had its "ups and downs" Hovland said. The balloon landed 17 miles southwest of Ellendale, N. D. and Hovland's plane was the first on the scene^ "We didn't land because of the rough terrain but we did give directions to Maj. Simons inside his capsule," he said. "The balloon started dragging the capsule along the rough ground and we told him to release the balloon. After a while Maj. Simons climbed out of the capsule and waved his arm to show he was all right." Hovland has moved over 535 flights in six and one-half years of tracking experience, "but this was more exciting because of the world record and because Maj. Simons was suspended below the balloon in the capsule." "In my Naviou plane was an "A thunderstorm Monday night threw a scare into us and of course into Major Simons, too," Hovland reported. "The balloon was at 72,- 000 feet and a thunderstorm was! "I've worked with Major Simons electronics engineer and we could for four years," Hovland said this keep tabs of the conditions in the morning, "and this successful bal-|capsule," Hovlaud explained. "We loon flight brings me a lot of per- * recorded his heart beat, oxygen, sonal satisfaction and I'm proud j and pressure to determine if everything was safe. If it wasn't safe we could have released him from the raging just below. We thought storms didn't have any effect above 40,000 feet but this one was as high as 67,000 feel and a downdraft was pulling the balloon into the storm below. The balloon stayed above the storm, luckily, and there was no danger." Making the ascent was also dangerous. "Maj. Simons was in danger because of the terrific changes in pressure," Hovland said. "From 30,000 to 50,000 feet, danger came from the jet streams or winds. I've seen winds blow a balloon apart at that level. When he got to 80,000 feet he was pretty safe and out of the way of the jet streams." Hovland doesn't get tired of that I could work with such a great guy." The balloon trip to the brink of cuter space wasn tracking. Next week he'll be off again tracing another manned bal-| loon, this time with two men pended from it. Hovland does the tracking for Winzen Research, Bloomington,| t ....,„, , - p to the brink ofjballoon and with parachutes he'diwhich is under contract with t all smooth sail-'have floated safely to earth. |Air Force. 'a

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  1. The Austin Daily Herald,
  2. 22 Aug 1957, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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