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Article May 4th 1933)
THE NORTH-EAST SLOPE OF EVEREST, LOOKING ALONG THE CLIMBER'S PATH
This Times photograph, was taken on an Ilford panchromatic plate.
Insubordination appears to have been indulged in by the
Houston-Everest Flight in making a second attack on the world's highest point.
On April 19, in definite defiance of orders from home, the two Westland machines
made another flight to the summit of Mount Everest. The Houston-Westland was
manned by Lord Clydesdale and Col. Blacker. and the Westland-Wallace by FIt.Lt.
MacIntyre and Mr. A. L. Fisher, one of the cinematographers of the Gaumont-British
The object of the second flight, as far as Lord Clydesdale's machine was
concerned, was to obtain a series of overlapping vertical pictures which should
provide a-complete survey of the whole strip of country towards the summit of
Everest, and Mr. Fisher was taking films almost continuously. Col. Blacker also
took oblique photographs as well as the survey strips, and it is now considered
that the expedition has amply fulfilled the objects for which it went out to
In this issue of FLIGHT we publish,-by special arrangement with The Times, two
of the photographs taken on the first flight over Mount Everest. These were, we
understand, taken on Ilford panchromatic plates, and it will be noted that in
one particularly the sky has ph otographed verv dark, which seems to indicate
that a red filter was used .
The expedition is also believed to have secured some long-distance photographs
on Ilford infra-red plates, but these have not yet reached this country.
On the last flight the Williamson automatic camera appears to have worked
perfectly in spite of the intense cold at the altitude at which most of the
photographs were taken .It is almost superfluous to say that both the Westland
machines and Bristol " Pegasus" engines did their share in an irreproachable
manner. The two Westland machines used by the expedition are, it will be
remembered, of the " Wallace " type, or, rather, one is a standard "Wallace"
with all military equipment removed, while the other, the Houston-Westland, is