The Rocket Man: And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight by David Darling
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1780742975 | 224 pages | EPUB | 15,3 MB
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 - Darlings daring cast of dreamers is guaranteed to entertain and inspire.