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Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated History of the Development of Hot-Air Balloons & Airships
David Owen (au). Details the history of balloon flight from the Montgolfier brothers’ initial attempts in 18th-century France, & chronicles the events & often the misfortunes that beset the very early balloonists. Balloons had a wide appeal & were used in multifarious ways from show bus. to espionage. The advent of the dirigible, airships that can be steered, meant that balloons could be extended for use in exploration attempts, military purposes, & luxury pleasurecraft. In recent years, the hot-air balloon has undergone a considerable renaissance. With breathtaking photography & illustrations of developments over the last two centuries, this book unfolds as an informative history of the balloon & airship, & brings you up-to-date on exciting events & plans for lighter-than-air-flight.
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