Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), May 13, 2014 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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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, Sky Sailors by David L. Bristow presents the stories of the pioneers of human flight, such as daredevil Sophie Blanchard from Napoleon's France, and Salomon Andree, who lead an aerial assault on the North Pole in 1897.

 

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SKY SAILORS: True Stories of the Balloon Era

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This lively look at escapades of daring men—and a surprising number of women—who risked their lives flying in balloons will appeal to adventure, history and science buffs—and perhaps steampunk fans ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
The First Balloon Flights France 1783
7
Sophie and JeanPierre Blanchard France 17841819
21
John Steiner United States 1857
35
Martha and David Harvey United States 1858
45
The Flight of the Balloon Atlantic United States 1859
55
Coxwell and Glaishers Record Altitude United Kingdom 1862
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The BalloonandPigeon Post France 187071
81
Salomon Andrées Expedition Sweden and the Arctic Ocean 1897
95
Dolly Shepherd United Kingdom 190312
111
NOTES
125
BIBLIOGRAPHY
131
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
135
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
136
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DAVID L. BRISTOW is also the author of A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha. He is associate director for research and publications at the Nebraska State Historical Society and editor of Nebraska History Magazine. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sky Sailors is his first children's book.

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