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

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Oneworld Publications, Oct 1, 2013 - 224 pages
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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 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 — Darling’s daring cast of dreamers is guaranteed to entertain and inspire.
 

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Contents

The Oddest Couple in the Air
1
Insanity in a Pinstripe
15
Black Ace
29
Dances with Death
41
Under Pressure
53
Flying in the Face of Reason
65
John Stapp and his Incredible Sleds
79
The XMen
95
Tested to the Extreme
125
Breakup at Mach 3
141
Fantastic Voyage
153
Jetman
165
Falling Hero
177
Further Reading
187
Index
191
Copyright

Hostile Skies and Amazing Leaps
111

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British science writer and astronomer David Darling is the author of the best-selling Equations of Eternity and the popular online resource Internet Encyclopedia of Science. Also a coauthor of Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways the World Could End, he lives in the U.K.

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