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Reach for the skies : ballooning, birdmen, and blasting into space

Author: Richard Branson
Publisher: New York : Current, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In Reach for the Skies, Sir Richard Branson examines the history of aviation over the last two hundred years, putting the spotlight on trailblazers such as Tony Jannus, who made the first ever commercial flight over Tampa Bay, Florida, in 1914, Leo Valentin, the "bird man" who jumped from 9,000 feet wearing a pair of wooden wings in the 1950s, and Steve Fossett, who broke 130 world records in planes, balloons, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Popular works
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Branson
ISBN: 9781617230035 1617230030
OCLC Number: 681488422
Description: 343 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The rising --
Up and away --
"To infinity and beyond!" --
Epilogue: joyriding.
Responsibility: Richard Branson.
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In Reach for the Skies, Sir Richard Branson examines the history of aviation over the last two hundred years, putting the spotlight on trailblazers such as Tony Jannus, who made the first ever commercial flight over Tampa Bay, Florida, in 1914, Leo Valentin, the "bird man" who jumped from 9,000 feet wearing a pair of wooden wings in the 1950s, and Steve Fossett, who broke 130 world records in planes, balloons, and airships. The pioneers of flight made it possible for any of us with the desire and the commitment to reach for the skies ourselves.

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