Falling Upwards

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    Falling Upwards

    How We took to the Air

    Richard Holmes

    Pantheon 2013

    Hardback 416pp Illustrated

    9780307379665   Product Code: 22206

    More than a century before the Wright Brothers, the first aviators were taking to the skies in balloons. They included pioneers such as Sophie Blanchard, who was killed in 1819 when setting off fireworks ignited the hydrogen of her balloon and sent her plummeting onto the Paris rooftops. This history describes how the first generation of aeronauts captured the public imagination and how the novelty of aviation was exploited by surveyors, scientists, soldiers, writers and daredevils.

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