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Reach for the skies : ballooning, birdmen & blasting into space : a personal history of aviation

As far back as stories go, pioneers have reached for the skies. In the last two hundred years, they have mastered the air and made the modern world possible. Today they are bringing outer space within our reach. They're inventors and toymakers, amateurs and adventurers, visionaries, dreamers and, yes, crackpots. Some have called them irresponsible, even dangerous. But I have met many of them. I have worked with them, and funded them, and flown with them. I admire them, and trust them, and I think they and their kind are our future. In this book I look at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired me throughout my life. In these pages you will find tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; and, of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of my own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air (and space) travel.--[Source inconnue]
Print Book, English, 2011
Virgin, [London], 2011