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New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999. First Printing. Hardcover. 25 cm. 306 pages. Illus. (some color), maps, appendix, technical terms, Inscribed on the half-title page to Dr. J. Dennis O'Connor signed by both authors. This may be the same O'Connor who joined the Smithsonian Institution in December 1995 as the Institution's first Provost. He was responsible for planning, integration and oversight of research, exhibitions, and education for the 16 museums and 6 research centers. Bertrand Piccard FRSGS (born 1 March 1958) is a Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist. Along with Brian Jones, he was the first to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the globe, in a balloon named Breitling Orbiter 3. He was the initiator, chairman, and co-pilot, with André Borschberg, of Solar Impulse, the first successful round-the-world solar powered flight. Brian Jones (born 27 March 1947 in Bristol, England) is an English balloonist. Brian Jones, along with Bertrand Piccard, co-piloted the first successful uninterrupted circumnavigation of the world in the balloon Breitling Orbiter 3.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 25 cm. viii, , 306 pages. Illustrations (some color). Maps. Appendix on Round-the-World Attempts. Technical terms. Signed by both authors on title pages (each under their printed names). DJ has slight wear and soiling and is price clipped. Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the pilots of the Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon, tell the remarkable story of their record-breaking, first-ever around the world balloon flight in March 1999. Bertrand Piccard was a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He came from an explorer family; his grandfather was the first man to reach the stratosphere in a balloon. His father set depth records in a bathyscaphe. Brian Jones was a veteran of the Royal Air Force and became the United Kingdom's chief flying instructor.
Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2000. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. , 144,  pages. 40 Illustrations. Signed by Dorothy Polando on title page. In 1931, just four years after Lindbergh flew the Atlantic, Polando and Russell Boardman left from Floyd Bennett airfield and flew their single engine Bellanca nonstop to Istanbul, Turkey. After 5,011 miles in the air, the duo landed with only 15 minutes fuel remaining in their tanks, but they set the record for long distance non-stop flight. Just two years after this record-breaking journey, Boardman was killed in a crash, but Polando flew for the rest of his life, mainly in New England. One highlight was his participation in the 1934 MacRobertson race, 11,123 miles from England to Australia. Polando and his fellow pilot only got as far as Calcutta. But earlier they landed in the Persian desert where Polando was briefly held captive by Arabs. Later, while in his 40s, he enlisted as a World War II pilot. In recognition of their contribution to aviation, Boardman-Polando field in Hyannis, Massachusetts, was named in their honor on the fiftieth anniversary of their flight. John Polando died in 1985, but the material for this book had been gathered by his wife, Dorothy, who had reviewed it with her husband.
New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1980. Book Club Edition. First Printing. 22 cm, 246, illus., DJ very worn In one bloody day, 68 British and 69 German aircraft were destroyed in the battle for air supremacy. Based on never-before published German and British records and on the eyewitness accounts of the battle's survivors.
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 24 cm. , 401,  pages. Illustrations. Patents. Selected Bibliography. Notes. Index. Some wear, soiling, and edge tears to DJ. William Powell Lear (June 26, 1902 – May 14, 1978) was an American inventor and businessman. He is best known for founding the Lear Jet Corporation, a manufacturer of business jets. He also invented the battery eliminator for the B battery, and developed the 8-track cartridge, an audio tape system. Throughout his career of 46 years, Lear received over 120 patents. Richard L. Rashke (born 1936) is an American journalist, teacher and author, who has written non-fiction books, as well as plays and screenplays. He is especially known for his history, Escape from Sobibor, first published in 1982, an account of the mass escape in October 1943 of hundreds of Jewish prisoners from the extermination camp at Sobibor in German-occupied Poland. Drawn to compelling stories, including Bill Lear, an aviation engineer and inventor who did not get beyond seventh grade.