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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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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
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ebook, 320 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Crown (first published May 23rd 2006)
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Turi
Jan 22, 2009 Turi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is basically a history of the skydivers who have tried to "fly" with some sort of wing or wingsuit setup. I wasn't so captivated by the earlier pioneers of the sport; I found the more modern guys much more interesting. And when I watched the video of Loic Jean-Albert buzzing down a slope in Verbier (on YouTube), I got goosebumps. Fun read; for someone interested in skydiving, probably a must read.
Kristin
Oct 18, 2007 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Pretty boring read I have to say. The best part was when two fly jumpers took a drunk guy in the audience who claimed anyone could do what they did, put him in a suit, on a plane and took off. They tied a rope to his ripcord and pushed him out the door. He lived, but he shit his pants on the way down!
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