A behind-the-scenes view of the world of hot-air ballooning featuring an account of the race to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. Also covers the history of ballooning and record book of flight achievements, as well as information on different balloon shapes and sizes and the secrets of balloon navigation and an index of ballooning festivals.
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Events have overtaken this short history of ballooning, which ends with Steve Fossett's failed 1998 attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones's successful attempt in Breitling Orbiter 3 may have sparked interest in the sport, though, and Denniston's book is the perfect introduction for the curious. Denniston, a doctor, pilot, and contributing editor to Balloon Life magazine, starts with a short history of ballooning, from the Montgolfier brothers to Ed Yost's creation of the modern hot-air balloon. This is followed by chapters on topics including the physics of balloon flight, balloons in special shapes, balloon competitions, extreme-sport ballooning, goodwill and charity activities, balloon festivals, and a day in the life of a typical commercial balloon pilot. Recommended for libraries in communities that host balloon festivals and where interest in the subject is high. [Over 100 full-color photographs not seen.]ATerry Jo Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., I.
-ATerry Jo Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., ID
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