Reach For The Skies. Ballooning, Birdmen And Blasting Into Space
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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Virgin Books
Publisher Place: United Kingdom
Publisher Year: 2010
Edition: First Edition
Description: 343 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in As new condition throughout. In The Last Two Hundred Years, They Have Mastered The Air And Made The Modern World Possible. In This Book I Look At The History Of Flight Through The Stories And People Who Have Inspired Me Throughout My Life. In These Pages You Will Find Acconts Of Miraculous Rescues; Of Records Made And Broken; Of Suprising Feats Of Endurance And Survival, Including Some Of My Own Adventures.
Publishers Description: As far back as stories go, pioneers have reached for the skies. In the last two hundred years, they have mastered the air and made the modern world possible. Today they are bringing outer space within our reach. They're inventors and toymakers, amateurs and adventurers, visionaries, dreamers and, yes, crackpots. Some have called them irresponsible, even dangerous. But I have met many of them. I have worked with them, and funded them, and flown with them. I admire them, and trust them, and I think they and their kind are our future. In this book I look at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired me throughout my life. In these pages you will find tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of my own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air (and space) travel. It is a story of pioneers, and of course it includes the world famous Montgolfiers and the Wright brothers. But I also want to describe some of the lesser-known trailblazers -- people like Tony Jannus, who in 1914 created the world's first scheduled commercial flight, flying his passengers over the waters of Tampa Bay at an altitude of just fifty feet.