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Birdmen, Batmen, and Skyflyers Wingsuits and the Pioneers Who Flew in Them, Fell in Them, and Perfected Them

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ISBN-10: 1400054923

ISBN-13: 9781400054923

Edition: N/A

Authors: Michael Abrams

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The Wright Brothers were wimps. Or so you might think after reading this account of their unsung but even more daring rivals-- the men and women who strapped wings to their backs and took to the sky. If only for a few seconds. People have been dying to fly, quite literally, since the dawn of history. They' ve made wings of feather and bone, leather and wood, canvas and taffeta, and thrown themselves off the highest places they could find. Theirs is the world' s first and still most dangerous extreme sport, and its full history has never been told. "Birdmen, Batmen, and Skyflyers" is a thrilling, hilarious, and often touching chronicle of these obsessive inventors and eccentric…    
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 5/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Introduction: DeLand of the Free: Wingsuits for Whuffos
The Fall of Man from Towers, Cliffs, and Hills: The Legacy of Icarus
One Small Step for Man = One Giant Step for Man
The Plummet Continues
Bat-wings from Airplanes: The Legacy of Clem Sohn
The Sohn Also Falls: Clem Sohn
Mocking Birds Don't Sing: Floyd Davis and Others
Garden State Bird: William Picune
High Planes Drifter: Roland Kumzak
New Falls from Sioux Falls: Manus "Mickey" Morgan
Mamas, If You Don't Want Your Babies to Grow to Be Bird-Boys: Tommy Boyd
When Erks Turn Loony: Harry Ward
They Fell for It: Robert X. Leeds
International Playbird: Roy W. Grant
When a Finn Is a Wing: Viktor Andro
The Bat-wing Revival: The Legacy of Leo Valentin
L'homme-oiseau: Leo Valentin
Mocking Birds Still Don't Sing: Louis Faure and Others
Shiver of Death: Rudolf R. Boehlen
Michigan Shenanigans: Charlie Laurin and Art Lussier
Spy vs. Sky: Lyle Cameron
Flights of Fancy: Cliff Winters, Jim Poulson, Bob Hannigan
Band of Gypsies: Garth Taggart
Thy Words Have Upholden Him That Was Falling: Bill Cole
Daring Young Man on a Flying Trapeze: Tom Sitton
Paying the Toll: John Carta
The Growing Flock: The Legacy of Patrick de Gayardon
Solo Flight: Patrick de Gayardon
Over the Volcano: Chuck Priest
Slope Opera: Loic Jean-Albert
Birdmen and Birdbirds: Leo Dickinson
Beyond the Wingsuit
It's Skyray or the Highway: Christoph Aarns and Alban Geissler
Crossing Over: Felix Baumgartner
The Shape of Things to Come: Roberto Stickel
Turn On the Warm Jets: Yves Rossy
The Final Frontier: Earth
Appendix
"Darius Green and His Flying Machine"
"A Ballad of the Friar of Tungland"
Untitled Elegy on the death of Clem Sohn
Notes and Sources
Acknowledgments
Index