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  • Published: 1 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780593073056
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99

The Big Book of Flight



An entertaining and utterly engaging celebration of everything worth knowing about the world of flight – and more – from the bestselling author of Vulcan 607.

Everybody dreams of flying. For as long as we've been able to look up and see the birds we've wanted to join them. But our efforts to do so have not always been as elegant or accomplished. Instead, there's been danger, excitement, courage and brilliance.

The Big Book of Flight is a celebration of it all, and a lot more besides, packed with derring-do stories of aviation's pioneers as well as fascinating profiles of remarkable planes, from Spitfires to Space Shuttles (and a number of other wondrous projects that never quite got off the drawing board). Along with a unique collection of fantastic flight trivia, crucial questions are also addressed:

What's so scary about the Bermuda Triangle? Why does airline food taste so bad? And how do you make the perfect paper dart?

With stunning photographs and illustrations throughout, The Big Book of Flight promises to surprise, entertain and fire the imaginations of anyone with their head in the clouds.

  • Published: 1 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780593073056
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Rowland White

Rowland White is the author of four critically acclaimed works of aviation history: Vulcan 607, Phoenix Squadron, Storm Front and Into the Black, as well as a compendium of aviation, The Big Book of Flight. Born and brought up in Cambridge, he studied Modern History at Liverpool University. In 2014 he launched Project Cancelled to produce apparel inspired by the best in aviation, space and other cool stuff. Find it at projectcancelled.com

For more information on Rowland White and his books visit his website at rowlandwhite.com or find him on Twitter at @rowlandwhite

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Praise for The Big Book of Flight

A great gift for boys – and girls! – from nine to ninety. Packed full of totally vital stuff like how to build your own bottle rocket or hovercraft!

Bear Grylls

This is a fabulous book. I defy anyone with even the slightest interest in aviation not to utterly love every page. Sumptuously illustrated, this tells the story of flight with unashamed enthusiasm and erve. Read this and be swept up into the skies

James Holland, author of Dam Busters

A gorgeous fact and fun-filled tome dedicated to planes. From the perfect paper plane to how helicopters fly – with practical fun thrown in

Guardian

A fact-packed delight for aviation enthusiasts aged from nine to 90, full of derring-do ... an engaging and entertaining collection of everything worth knowing about the world of flight

RAF News

I could bang on at length about this book. It's a roll call of legends and heroes. It's the work of someone genuinely obsessed with his subject yet gifted with the ability to make his obsession inclusive rather than exclusive. From end to end it's stuffed with the kind of anecdotes that can swiftly be passed of as one's own. But I'll treasure The Big Book of Flight just because it's joyful and joyous. Read it and you'll surely detect the hand of an expert - but more than anything else it reveals the breathless excitement of a young boy. Some vitally important part of Rowland White has never grown up, never forgotten why flying machines make his heart beat faster. It's a delight to see

Neil Oliver, presenter of Coast

The aviation book of the decade

Aviation Xtended

A celebration of the men (and occasionally women) who took a leap of faith to push forward the boundaries of aviation

Yorkshire Post

This is a fabulous book. I defy anyone with even the slightest interest in aviation not to utterly love every page. Sumptuously illustrated, this tells the story of flight with unashamed enthusiasm and verve. Read this and be swept up into the skies.

James Holland, author of The Dam Busters

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