Racing The Wind: A History of Manned Balloon Flight

By Howard M Beck

Art & photography, General non-fiction, Environment & nature | eBook


FLIGHT has been the ultimate expression of liberty since the dawning of time, the dream of inquisitive earth-bound minds capable of free thought. Now, for the first time, this title embraces the whole manned ballooning story. From Montgolfiére to that romantic Verne-esc dream to float non-stop around the world, we learn how those with vision and sufficient bravado made tentative probings into the physics of flight. Discover how the nation that bequeathed flight to the world also became first to employ balloons as weapons of aggression; later, as the Cold War warmed up balloonists contributed to a pre-space race to the stratosphere. Read of the joy, the disappointment, elation and disasters involving madcap bids to reach the poles and cross the greatest mountain ranges and oceans. It’s all here in one information-packed volume. That all this began with a paper bag full of hot air is quite astonishing.


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FLIGHT has been the ultimate expression of liberty since the dawning of time, the dream of inquisitive earth-bound minds capable of free thought. Now, for the first time, this title embraces the whole manned ballooning story. From Montgolfiére to that romantic Verne-esc dream to float non-stop around the world, we learn how those with vision and sufficient bravado made tentative probings into the physics of flight. Discover how the nation that bequeathed flight to the world also became first to employ balloons as weapons of aggression; later, as the Cold War warmed up balloonists contributed to a pre-space race to the stratosphere. Read of the joy, the disappointment, elation and disasters involving madcap bids to reach the poles and cross the greatest mountain ranges and oceans. It’s ...


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The author is well-placed within his field to research and write titles on the themes of action, adventure and exploration history, having personally participated in expeditions to the polar, desert and equatorial regions.



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