Rocket Man: And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight (Hardback)David Darling (author)
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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 true life adventurers whose wonder has translated into bizarre contraptions, magnificent achievements and, sometimes, startling folly.
Discover outrageous attempts to fly like a bird and fall from the edge of space. Meet Napoleonic ballooniste Sophie Blanchard and her daredevil husband; 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 in 2006 was the first person to cross the English Channel using a jet-pack.
Eccentric and reckless, Darling's daring cast of dreamers is guaranteed to entertain and inspire.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
"Gripping... dazzling tales of madness and derring-do."* Brian Clegg, author of Inflight Science *
"A hugely enjoyable roller-coaster aerial ride in the company of oddballs and heroes, complete with acts of mindless msochism in the name of science."* Jonathan Clancy, author of Spitfire: The Biography *
"A mix of good old-fashioned silliness and some fine science writing."* BBC Focus *
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