Falling Upwards

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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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Falling Upwards

Falling Upwards

How We Took to the Air

Hardback416pp Illustrated

9780307379665     Product Code: 222206

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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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