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Ballooning : a history, 1782-1900

Author: S L Kotar; J E Gessler
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2011.
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"This book chronicles not only the development and advances in hot air ballooning but provides insights into the people who developed the sport--many of whom lost their lives in the process. The book concludes at the beginning of the 20th century, when the age of the airplane rendered hot air balloons all but obsolete for nonrecreational applications"--
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Kotar, S.L.
Ballooning : A History, 1782-1900.
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: S L Kotar; J E Gessler
ISBN: 9780786492039 0786492031
OCLC Number: 891146136
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 295 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. 1782-In the Beginning: A Voador, a Cock, a Duck and a Sheep; 2. 1783-Monsters and Aeronauts; 3. 1784-Big Ascensions; 4. Rowing with Wings and Other Oddities; 5. A Reservation for Hope; 6. Don Quixote de la Manche; 7. Destinies Played Out; 8. Balloons at War; 9. Playing Catch-up; 10. The Sad Tale of Francis Barrett and the Great English Balloon; 11. The Skies Belong to Garnerin; 12. James Sadler and the Real Great English Balloon; 13. The Women of Aerostation; 14. (Mostly) Magnificent Balloon Ascensions: 1812-1819. 15. For the World Is Green and I Have Touched the Sky16. Candidates for Aeronautical Distinction; 17. Mr. Harris and Miss Stocks: The Journey Unforeseen; 18. The Aftermath and Beyond; 19. The Case of the Pastry Cook and a Great Tragedy; 20. An Astonishing Resurrection; 21. Notwithstanding, Notwithstanding, Notwithstanding ... ; 22. Ballooning in the Americas; 23. The Europeans Continue to Make Headlines; 24. American Barnstormers and E.A. Poe's Great Hoax; 25. All Balloons, Great and Small; 26. More News from the Continent; 27. "No Preventing Providence." 28. "A Little Relief from the Ordinary Cares of Life"29. Crossing the Atlantic-Or Not; 30. Higher Than Anyone Had Gone Before; 31. Great Plans, Tragedies and a Civil War; 32. Civilian Ballooning During and After the Civil War; 33. Of Songs, Circuses and "No-Goes"; 34. The "Impossibility" of Aerial Navigation; 35. News That Shocked the World; 36. Seekers After the Philosopher's Stone; 37. "Paddy-Whacks" but "No Balloon Rackets!"; 38. Flying Too High; 39. "A Ridiculous 'Flunk'"; Appendix: Glossary; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: S.L. Kotar and J.E. Gessler.

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The hot air balloon has a fascinating history of much trial and error, scientific research and bold adventure. It chronicles the development and advances in the endeavour and provides insights into  Read more...

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