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Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen, and Blasting Into Space

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One of the world's most famous business leaders (and a well-known avian fanatic) explores the pioneers of flight.
Bestselling author and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has always been obsessed with the skies. To promote a new Virgin Airlines route, he became the first man to water ski behind a blimp. His Virgin Galactic venture will soon offer ordinary peopl
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Portfolio (first published May 31st 2010)
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Daniel Taylor
Living at the start of the second decade of the twenty-first century, it's easy to take for granted the ability to fly and go back and forward into space.

In "Reach For the Skies", Sir Richard Branson tells the stories of pioneers in the aeronautical industry — a category he falls into through his ballooning adventures and the founding of Virgin Galactic. Starting with how people throughout history dreamed of flying, before they succeeded in balloons. Eventually the Wright brothers launched aviat
Kirsten Webster
This book was very historically informative and interesting. Sir Richard Branson is a very clever, interesting and inspiring man who has achieved great things. He is so cool and made the history of flying sound cool too.Guess who wants to go on a trip into space now! Yes, that's right. Me. It is a pity I don't have the money to fly into space. A very inspiring read written by a very inspiring person.
I have always been curious why Sir Richard Branson would involve himself in risky adventures given his relative financial stability. This book answered those questions. He does appear to be a true visionary and his assocation with Bert Ruttan, Steve Fossett, and Brian Binnie confirms this. Time will tell if ordinary folk are prepared to lay out incredible amounts to travel into space.
Luis Sempé
A wonderfully told story of flight, I really enjoyed learning more about the early days of flight and all the sacrifices made by people that loved it. It is exciting to see how far so many gifted and passionate humans have gotten in this field but even more to see where the pioneers of flight are taking us soon.
Some interesting aviation history mixed with personal stories of Branson's adventures. It was also interesting to read some of the background behind the new Virgin Galactic flights.
Darshani Workman
Fantastic journey through aviation.
This book was very historically informative and interesting. A wonderfully told story of flight and all the sacrifices made by people that loved it. Cheers to Richard Branson.
Livre vraiment excellent avec toutes les informations techniques et d'histoire qui accompagnent et expliquent ce qu'ont fait nos aventuriers du ciel! Un plaisir à lire!
Yeah, sure he is a pompous ass, but this history of flight had some interesting characters / anecdotes that were new to me. Fairly good read.....
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