The Flying Carpet: Adventures in a Biplane from Timbuktu to Everest and Beyond

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Thirsting for a new adventure and announcing that ?an adventure not in the air is obsolete,? Richard Halliburton hired pioneer aviator Moye Stephens in 1931 and fearlessly set out to circle the world in an open cockpit biplane optimistically named The Flying Carpet. For Halliburton, it was the ultimate in romantic, risky exploration and was a means of seeing the world in a way that few had ever seen it before. True to form, his journey was breathtakingly audacious. They performed aerobatics in Fez; landed in ...

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Overview

Thirsting for a new adventure and announcing that “an adventure not in the air is obsolete,” Richard Halliburton hired pioneer aviator Moye Stephens in 1931 and fearlessly set out to circle the world in an open cockpit biplane optimistically named The Flying Carpet. For Halliburton, it was the ultimate in romantic, risky exploration and was a means of seeing the world in a way that few had ever seen it before. True to form, his journey was breathtakingly audacious. They performed aerobatics in Fez; landed in mysterious Timbuktu; spent time with the French Foreign Legion in Algeria; and explored Cairo, Damascus, and Petra. In India, they flew over the Taj Mahal—upside down—and, soaring over the Himalayas, Halliburton took the first aerial photograph of Everest. A journey as dazzling as Halliburton himself and, with the world at war less than a decade later, marking the end of an era, the story of The Flying Carpet is as captivating today as it was to the world 80 years ago.

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"From the Jazz Age, through the Great Depression, to the eve of World War II, he thrilled an entire generation of readers. Clever, resourceful, undaunted, cheerful in the face of dreadful odds, ever-optimistic about the world and the people around him, always scheming about his next adventure . . . a spokesman for the youth of a generation." — James O'Reilly, editor of The Best Travel Writing: True Stories From Around the World (2007, 2008, 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848859142
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 813,453
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Halliburton (1900-1939) was America's greatest adventurer and one of the most successful adventure travel writers of the 20th century. His final adventure, sailing a junk across the Pacific, was also his last. Halliburton disappeared in March 1939 and was never seen again. A great and original traveler, his wild adventures live on in the books that have captivated millions of readers and inspired generations of writers.

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