The Rocket Man : And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight Hardback
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 true life adventurers whose wonder has translated into bizarre contraptions, magnificent achievements and, sometimes, startling folly.
Discover outrageous attempts to fly like a bird and fall from the edge of space.
Meet Napoleonic ballooniste Sophie Blanchard and her daredevil husband; 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 in 2006 was the first person to cross the English Channel using a jet-pack.
Eccentric and reckless, Darling's daring cast of dreamers is guaranteed to entertain and inspire.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 216 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications
- Publication Date: 03/10/2013
- Category: Aircraft: general interest
- ISBN: 9781780742977