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The Rocket Man And Other Extraordinary Characters from the History of Flight by David Darling
  

The Rocket Man And Other Extraordinary Characters from the History of Flight

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David Darling’s is a most agreeable voyage through the history of flight and the men – and women who took such risks in the battle to get airborne. There is as much stupidity as bravery on show with a plentiful leavening of derring-do and madness-with-a-purpose, the rewards great, failure deadly. Humans have tried – still try - every means possible to get above the earth and David Darling shows us just some of the enterprise that’s been used from balloons to the man who made SF a reality, Yves Rossy and the personal jet-pack.

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The Rocket Man And Other Extraordinary Characters from the History of Flight by David Darling

The wonder of flight has long captured the human imagination. In this beguiling history - ranging from the first aircraft to astronauts and beyond - astronomer 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, early hair-raising balloon trips, and the secret military planes that never made it off the ground - including the flying pancake and the plane with thirty wings. Meet Napoleonic ballooniste Sophie Blanchard who planned an aerial invasion of England, stuntman Lincoln Beachey, looping-the-loop in a pinstripe suit and, of course, The Rocket Man himself: the very enviable Yves Rossy, who in 2006 was the first person to fly 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.

Reviews

Gripping... dazzling tales of madness and derring do. -- Brian Clegg, author of Inflight Science A consummate collection of tales of the fearless and the feckless. Darling treats his subject with an authority tempered by the gentle humour that is the mark of a great story-teller. -- Justin Pollard, author of The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed A hugely enjoyable roller-coaster aerial ride in the company of oddballs and heroes, complete with vertiginous frights, dances of death, lonely impulses of delight and acts of mindless masochism in the name of science. -- Jonathan Glancey, author of Spitfire: The Biography 'David Darling has cleverly avoided wheeling out all the old familiar names... a rollicking, rip-roaring tale. 4 stars.
Popular Science Impressive. Wall Street Journal A mix of good old

-fashioned silliness and some fine science writing. BBC Focus 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


About the Author

David Darling

David Darling is a science writer and astronomer. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling Equations of Eternity, and the popular online resource The Worlds of David Darling. With Dirk Schulze-Makuch he wrote Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways the World Could End. He lives in Dundee, Scotland.

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Publication date

3rd October 2013

Author

David Darling

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Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Format

Hardback
216 pages

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Aircraft: general interest

ISBN

9781780742977

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