RIDERS OF THE WINDS : THE STORY OF BALLOONING

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Well - illustrated with scores of historical prints and photographs, this excellent book will take you up in the air, through vivid first - hand accounts, fascinating facts and anecdotes about ballooning.

Characteristic

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features Slightly damaged dust jacket, Handwritten notes
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 180
Published date 1973
Languages English
Belgian Aviation Yes
Size 15 x 22 x 2 cm
Author Don Dwiggins
Editor HAWTHORN BOOKS, INC.

Description

This dramaticaly illustrated history of ballooning covers the full span of achievement fom the early experiments of the Montgolfiers in 1738 up to the present. The reader embarks on a thrilling adventure as he rides the often fickle and treacherous winds with some of the greatest, most daring ballonists of all time - Pilatre de Rozier, Jean - Pierre Blanchard, Madame Thible, Etienne Gaspard Robertson, Charles Ritchel, John Wise, Monck Mason, Jean and Jeannette Piccard, and Captain W. Kittinger, Jr. - to name just a few.

 

( ... ) In this comprehensive account the author not only explores ballooning as an adventurous sport but also describes the important scientific and military uses of balloons over almost two centuries. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Don Dwiggins

Don " Dwig " Dwiggins ( November 15th, 1913 - December 10th, 1988 ) was born in Plainfield ( New Jersey, United States ). 


In 1942, Don Dwiggins entered the U.S.A.A.F. and eventually became a Master Sergeant. During the war, he was a flight instructor with the Royal Air Force. 


After the war, in addition to his free - lance writing, Don Dwiggins also served as the aviation editor for the Los Angeles Daily News ( 1947 - 1954 ) and the Los Angeles Mirror News ( 1956 - 1962 ) ; a news writer for station KTTV, Los Angeles ( 1964 ) ; the editor of Mickey Mouse Newsreel for Disney Studios ( 1964 ) ; a space technology consultant for Lockheed Aircraft Co. ( 1964 ) ; and the Senior Editor for Plane and Pilot magazine ( 1974 - 1982 ). 


He was a member of the Aviation Aerospace Writers Association and the Writers Guild of America, West. For the most part, Don Dwiggins had written technical books on aviation and aerospace technology, which were aimed at juvenile audiences, such as Voices in the Sky and Space and the Weather. However, a bibliography of his books would also include adult novels, such as The Air Devils and at least one biography, Frankie, which was based on the life of Frank Sinatra. 


Having 8,000 hours as a pilot, Don Dwiggins died in an automobile accident in Malibu ( California, United States ). 


( sources : archiveswest.orbiscascade.org, Los Angeles Times )

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