The Rocket Man

The Rocket Man

And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight

Book - 2013
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The wonder of flight has long captured the human imagination. In this beguiling history -- ranging from the first aircraft to astronauts and beyond -- David Darling tells the stories of the colorful adventurers whose wonder has translated into bizarre contraptions, magnificent achievements and, sometimes, startling folly.

Discover outrageous attempts to fly like a bird and the secret military planes that never made it off the ground - including the "flying pancake" and the plane with thirty wings. Meet Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, before disappearing without trace over the Pacific Ocean; the real "X-Men" who flew the supersonic experimental "X-planes" for the US Air Force; stuntman Lincoln Beachey, looping-the-loop in a pinstripe suit;and, of course, The Rocket Man himself: Yves Rossy, who was the first person to cross the English Channel with the aid of a jet-pack.

Eccentric and imaginative, reckless and resourceful -- Darling's daring cast of dreamers is guaranteed to entertain and inspire.
Publisher: London : Oneworld, 2013
ISBN: 9781780742977
Branch Call Number: 629.130922 Dar
Characteristics: xvi, 195 p. : ill


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