An award-winning journalist explores the history of early aviation with sixteen tales of pioneering pilots—includes photos a forward by Buzz Aldrin.
Within this classic volume are the thrilling tales of tribulation and triumph behind some of the most spectacular aerodynamic feats of early twentieth century aviation. Join the exhilarated crowd as they watch French flying ace Louis Bleriot make the first air journey over water in 1909. Be on the ground in Paris to welcome Lindbergh and his magnificent The Spirit of St. Louis as he completes the first solo transatlantic flight. Hold your breath with Ross Macpherson Smith and his crew on their infamously troubled trek from London to Australia in 1919. And relive the excitement experienced ’round the world as “The Magellans of the Air” completed the first circumnavigation of the globe via air in 1965.
In Famous First Flights: Sixteen Dramatic Adventures, a must-have volume in the Explorer’s Club Classic Series, celebrated aviators Lowell Thomas and Lowell Thomas Jr., recount jaw-dropping feats of bravery and heroism. Featuring more than forty photographs and up-to-date information on ballooning and space flights, this is an indispensable compendium for every aviation enthusiast.
Includes two Forewords by Buzz Aldrin and Richard and Owen Garriott
And an Introduction by Explorer’s Club president Ted Janulis