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The desert and the jungle have been forced to divulge their deepest secrets. But Everest, with defenses greater than any of these, is still inviolate. That is why my plane, the Flying Carpet, was drawn by the terrible beauty of the Goddess before her a gold and scarlet moth lured by this beckoning flame of ice.

Richard Halliburton, commenting about his attempt in 1930 to become the first person to fly over Mount Everest.

Aloft in Japan in the 1920s


The Flying Carpet, Richard Halliburton

Twenty Thousand Miles in a Flying Boat, Alan Cobham



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