Flight, The Men and Women
This is a book for the curious. Why did humans ever decide to fly? How did birds soaring above us inspire the airplane?
Gibbons takes us behind the scenes to the earliest longings for wings to protect and to soar. Starting from Icarus’ flight over the Aegean Sea, she takes us on a journey from magic carpets through to Harry Potter to show links and symbols of inspiration for human flight. We travel through time to learn how Leonardo da Vinci in the 1400s experimented with and illustrated for us the helicopter and a version of the hang glider.
This fascinating cultural history of flight takes us to the cusp of the First World War, bringing to life those key champions, pioneers and entrepreneurs who brought our planet into the 21st century.
Produced on premium quality paper with lustrous full-colour illustrations, this is a book you will treasure for yourself or as a meaningful gift.