Balloonomania Belles: Daredevil Divas Who First Took to the Sky

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The first book to bring together the fascinating lives and often terrible deaths of the airborne celebrities of the period stretching from the 1780s to the eve of the First World War, including the Sophie Blanchard story.
5 Balloonomania Belles reveals the astonishing stories of the fabulous female pioneers of balloon flight. More than a century before the first aeroplane women were heading for the heavens in crazy, inspired contraptions that could bring death or glory and all too often, both. Award-winning journalist Sharon Wright reveals their hair-raising adventures in a book that brings the stories of the feisty female ballooning heroines together for the first time.

Women were in the vanguard of the Balloonomania craze that took hold in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and swept across Europe then the world. Their exploits were a vital element of our first voyages into the sky. When womens options were often severely limited by law and convention they managed to join the exhilarating quest for spectacle, adventure and danger among the clouds.

Many of the brightest stars of this extraordinary era of human flight were women.
From the perilous ascent in 1784 by feisty French teenager Elisabeth Thible, female aeronauts have never looked back or down. Who were these brave women who took to the air when it was such an incredibly dangerous and scandalous thing to do?

Sharon Wright brings together in one book the show-stopping stories of the very first flying women.
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Author Wright, Sharon
Availability IP
Department Transport
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781526708342
Pages 175
Published 26/02/2018
Publisher Pen & Sword Books
Section Transport
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