Riding the Jetstream :The Story of Ballooning: From Montgolfier to Breitling

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Ballooning can be both all-absorbing relaxation and high-tech sport. This text tells its amazing story from the Montgolfier brothers to today's riders of the jetstream - the narrow band of fast winds high in the Earth's atmosphere. Fascinating historical byways are glimpsed, from Napoleonic visions of airborne armies to the exploits of Edwardian thrill-seekers.;With each technological advance balloonists became more ambitious, taking bigger risks to fly further and higher. The pressurized capsule, invented in the 1930s to replace the wicker basket, allowed access to the upper atmosphere. In the 1980s the latest, most thrilling phase in ballooning's history began. Successively, millionaire adventurers, backyard dreamers and experienced pilots attempted to circumnavigate the globe against overwhelming odds, at times caught up in political intrigue, at others tossed by violent storms. In the full glare of worldwide attention some endured humiliating defeats. Bertrand Picard and Brian Jones in Breitling Orbiter 3 ultimately made history, but other colourful figures have also made significant contributions to the era of global ballooning.; John Christopher - a professional balloon pilot - offers an insider's view of the obsessive world of ballooning, taking the reader into the balloons themselves and the minds of the people who ride them.

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Here is the amazing story of competitive ballooning, from the Montgolfier brothers of the 18th century to today’s riders of the jet stream. Along the way, fascinating historical byways are glimpsed, including Napoleonic visions of airborne armies and the exploits of wealthy Edwardians. With each technological advance, ballooning has become more ambitious, and in the 1980s, the latest, most thrilling phase in its history began. Millionaire adventurers, backyard dreamers, and experienced pilots—all attempted to circumnavigate the globe against overwhelming odds. It was Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in Breitling Orbiter 3 that ultimately made history, yet many colorful characters have made significant contributions to global ballooning. In Riding the Jetstream, John Christopher gives us an insider’s view, taking us into the balloons themselves and the minds of those who ride them.

About the Author:

John Christopher is a professional balloon pilot, a journalist and the editor of Aerostat, the international ballooning journal. In January 1996 he drove from the UK to Morocco with supplies for Richard Branson's Virgin Global Challenger team, and three years later he was present at the lift-off of the Breitling Orbiter 3. He lives in Cumbria.

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