Sky Sailors

Sky Sailors

True Stories of the Balloon Era

Book - 2010
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For more than a century before airplanes, people explored the sky in balloons. From 1783 to the early 1900s, aeronauts flew into storms, crossed large bodies of water, sailed over enemy armies, and soared to deadly altitudes. Illustrated in full color with dramatuc period artwork, here are the stories of the pioneers of human flight, such as daredevil Sophie Blanchard from Napoleon's France, and Solmon Andree, who lead an aerial assault on the North Pole in 1897. --from publisher description
This volume traces the evolution of the balloon era, from 1783-1912, and examines the exploits of the men and women who flew in them, parachuted from them, and sometimes died in them.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374370145
0374370141
Characteristics: 134 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm

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The first people who saw a hot air balloon—in 1783--thought it was a monster and stabbed it to kill it. For the next 120 years, until planes replaced them, balloons were the way people explored the sky, risking death in the process.

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