THE DANGEROUS SORT : The story of a balloon

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158 pages - 1970 - Old, like new
This fantastic book, which is beautifully illustrated with photograph, tells the adventurous and exciting life of " Jambo ", a balloon that has made many flights over game herds in Africa, the Alps, so on...

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, BRADEL, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Dust jacket
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 158
Published date 1970
Languages English
Size 20 x 26 x 2 cm
Author Anthony Smith
Editor George Allen & Unwin Ltd.

Description

( … ) Jambo the balloon ( the name means " Hello " in Swahili ) was built to drift over the big game herds in Africa -  and made five such flights. After Africa, she soared another fifty - five times, over the Alps and the English Channel, for films and in races, over England and the Continent. Every one of her flights was full of incident and beauty, excitement and novelty. Jambo was probably seen by more people than any other balloon the world has known. In the end, and without injuring anyone but herself, she blew up in a field near Lewes, in Sussex.

 

( ... ) The Dangerous Sort contains the best of Jambo. It records the invasion of a funeral, getting a 76 - year old passenger down in piece, the hazard of being shot at and the peril of a disintegrating basket. Other crises involve a passenger injured after landing on a mountainside, and flying through a control zone. But on each flight there is exhilaration and enchantment - for a balloon is always beautiful and offers an unparalleled view of the earth on which we live. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Anthony Smith

Anthony John Francis Smith ( March 30th, 1926 - July 7th, 2014 ) was born in Taplow ( Buckinghamshire, England ). 


Anthony Smith read zoology at Balliol College, Oxford ( Oxforshire, England ), became a pilot in the R.A.F. and went on to write as a science correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He also worked extensively in both television and radio, writing for several natural history programmes. 


Anthony Smith's first expedition was to Persia ( present - day Iran ), exploring the Qanat underground irrigation tunnels. This expedition was documented in his book Blind White Fish in Persia ; a species of fish that he discovered and is named after him. 


In 1962, he led " The Sunday Telegraph Balloon Safari " expedition, flying a hydrogen balloon from Zanzibar to East Africa, and then across the Ngorongoro crater ( Tanzania, documented in Throw Out Two Hands ). The following year, he became the first Briton to cross the Alps in a balloon. 


In the late 1990's, Anthony Smith was instrumental in securing an exhibit for the Imperial War Museum ( London, England ). The " Jolly Boat ", a small lifeboat launched from the SS Anglo Saxon on August 21st, 1940, after its sinking by the German auxiliary cruiser " Widder " ( Schiff 21, Raider D ). Anthony Smith, personally interested in the story of the lifeboat, secured its return in 1997, after which it was restored for display in 1998. 


He continued both travelling and writing well into his later years whilst residing in London. 


( source : Wikipedia )

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