The Rocket Man: And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight

The Rocket Man: And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight

David Darling


The ask yourself of flight has lengthy captured the human mind's eye. during this beguiling heritage — starting from the 1st plane to astronauts and past — David Darling tells the tales of the colourful adventurers whose ask yourself has translated into strange devices, wonderful achievements and, occasionally, startling folly.

Discover outrageous makes an attempt to fly like a poultry and the key army planes that by no means made it off the floor – together with the “flying pancake” and the airplane with thirty wings. Meet Amelia Earhart, the 1st girl to fly solo around the Atlantic, ahead of disappearing with out hint over the Pacific Ocean; the true “X-Men” who flew the supersonic experimental “X-planes” for the united states Air strength; stuntman Lincoln Beachey, looping-the-loop in a pinstripe swimsuit; and, after all, The Rocket guy himself: Yves Rossy, who used to be the 1st individual to go the English Channel by means of a jet-pack.

Eccentric and inventive, reckless and creative — Darling’s bold solid of dreamers is certain to entertain and inspire.

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