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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On April 24, 1988, the longest human-powered flight in history took place from Crete to mainland Greece, the culmination of a decade-long project begun at MIT and inspired by the classical legend of Daedalus and Icarus. This exciting book by freelance writer Dorsey is the story of what lay behind that flight, from project director John Langford's passion for model airplanes to pilot Kanellos Kanellopoulos's breakfast of baklava and wheat bread to fuel him with the stamina to serve as the ``engine.'' This is the well-told tale of a dream and its realization by a group of engineers who sacrificed much to build a 68-pound plane with no foreseeable practical applications merely for the joy of doing it. Predictably there were personality clashes, jealousies and grousing, but not enough to jeopardize the success of the mission. Photos not seen by PW. 25,000 first printing. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The myth of Daedalus and the challenge of human-powered flight have been around for centuries. A group of students, engineers, and dreamers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology joined physiologists and others to make the myth a reality in 1988, with the pedal-driven Daedalus '88 re-creating Daedalus's 74-mile flight from Crete to the Greek island of Santorini. Journalist Dorsey's story of this odyssey is fascinating; in addition to explaining the technological and aerodynamic issues of the flight, he also discusses the problems of finding corporate sponsors, the clashes with the iconoclastic builders, the antagonisms of the bicycle athletes who competed to be pilot, and more. The human dimension makes the book an interesting yarn, and it will be a welcome addition to aviation collections.-- Roger Bilstein, Univ. of Houston-Clear Lake
Booknews
A charming account of the people, technology, muscle, mind that flew the Daedalus 88 (weight 68 lbs.) over 70 miles--the longest man- powered flight. B&W photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670824441
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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