How We took to the Air
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.