Daffodil and Golden Eagle : THE SAGA OF TWO BALLOONS CROSSING THE SAHARA

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Through this incredible but true saga, both the author and the photographer tell you the crazy adventure of two balloons crossing the Sahara in 1972.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dedicated copy, Dust jacket
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 165
Published date 1972
Languages English
Size 17 x 25 x 2 cm
Author Jonathan Yeatman and Jon Gardey
Editor Aidan Ellis Publishing Limited

Description

Amusingly and factually written to supplement its stunning photographs, the author describes the once - only journey of two hot - air balloons which floated across the Sahara during the months of January and February 1972. His vivid narrative captures the way of life in Arab Africa stting the scene for the first hot - air balloon flights over the desert. After several flights and a long trek across the desert the three balloonists broke the British altitude record for a hot - air balloon, climbing to a height of 19,458 feet over the unexplored Ténéré region.

 

It was Jules Verne's book " Five weeks in a balloon ", a fictitious account of ballooning, which gave Felix Pole, the expedition's leader, the idea and inspiration for such a crazy but novel adventure. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Jonathan Yeatman and Jon Gardey

Jon Hart Gardey ( August 14th, 1931 - April 30th, 2009 ) was born in Chicago ( Illinois, United States ). He moved to Los Angeles ( California, United States ) when he was nine years old. His fascination with photography began when he was 12, and he received his first camera. His passion for photography has been a constant part of his life. 


Jon H. Gardey trained as a pilot and a meteorologist. He flew for the U.S.A.F. as a jet pilot and then, with a wife and family, decided to concentrate on meteorology instead, gaining a degree in Meteorology from UCLA ( University of California, Los Angeles ). His work took him to Alaska, a trip which was to change his life. He and a number of friends decided to climb Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in Northern America and only a few thousand feet shorter than Everest. The epic climb to the top began his lifelong love for Alaska, where he, his wife and two daughters made their home for 10 years ( Anchorage ). 


Jon H. Gardey eventually climbed almost every mountain in North America and his flying and other travels have taken him to many other parts of the world, including Africa and India. He has crossed the Italian Alps in a hydrogen balloon, flown a plane for food drops in Ethiopia during President Mengistu’s terrifying reign and crossed the Sahara in a hot - air balloon. 


His work eventually brought his family to the United Kingdom, where he fell in love with the people but not the climate. Shortly after his arrival in Surrey ( England ), he took the decision that he would become a full - time photographer. Tragically, his wife Jill was then killed in a car crash, and photography has been his life ever since. 


( sources : www.artbol.com, fr.findagrave.com )

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