Rocket Man : And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight, Hardback Book

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
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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  • Category: Aircraft: general interest
  • ISBN: 9781780742977

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