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Posted January 22, 2008
Could an unknown Englishman have been the first person ever to fly? Following the hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers inaugural flight, Philip Jarrett tells the remarkable story of Percy Pilcher. He could have been the most famous aviator of them all. Four years before the Wright brothers, he had constructed his own aeroplane. But on the day it was due to take off for the very first time, something so terrible happened that he was denied the chance of ever flying it. So Philip Jarrett has rebuilt his long lost flying machine to see if Percy Pilcher, the British amateur, could have claimed the glory and been the first person ever to fly. This book mixes dramatic reconstruction with fabulous contemporary scenes and gripping science. With a specially assembled team of historians, aviation experts and a test pilot, Philip Jarrett painstakingly rebuilds Pilcher's flying machine and puts it to the test. The results will leave you cheering.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.