Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies

Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies

by Lawrence Goldstone
Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies

Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies

by Lawrence Goldstone


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Discover the daring aviation pioneers who made the dream of powered flight a reality, forever changing the course of history.

Aviator Lincoln Beachey broke countless records: he looped-the-loop, flew upside down and in corkscrews, and was the first to pull his aircraft out of what was a typically fatal tailspin. As Beachey and other aviators took to the skies in death-defying acts in the early twentieth century, these innovative daredevils not only wowed crowds, but also redefined the frontiers of powered flight.

Higher, Steeper, Faster takes readers inside the world of the brave men and women who popularized flying through their deadly stunts and paved the way for modern aviation. With heart-stopping accounts of the action-packed race to conquer the skies, plus photographs and fascinating archival documents, this book will exhilarate readers as they fly through the pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316350235
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lawrence Goldstone is the author and co-author of more than a dozen critically-acclaimed books for adults. Goldstone has appeared on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN, and his writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. This is his first book for young readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Man Who Owned the Sky 1

Part I Birds and Balloons

Chapter 1 The First Birdman 11

Chapter 2 Parachutes and Gasbags 15

Chapter 3 Into the Wind 23

Chapter 4 The Boy Aeronaut 27

Part II Wings

Chapter 5 The Bird of Prey 37

Chapter 6 Takeoff! 41

Chapter 7 Silent Success 48

Chapter 8 Triumph 51

Chapter 9 …and Tragedy 55

Chapter 10 Crossing the Channel 59

Part III Higher, Steeper, Faster

Chapter 11 The Week of Miracles 69

Chapter 12 A Week of Miracles in America 75

Chapter 13 The Stardust Twins 84

Chapter 14 American Hero 88

Chapter 15 The World Comes to New York 94

Chapter 16 A Woman's Place Is in the Air 104

Chapter 17 Flying for the Navy 110

Part IV Pushing to the Edge and Beyond

Chapter 18 Two Great Lights Extinguished 119

Chapter 19 Aircraft Carrier 126

Chapter 20 The Boy Aeronaut Grows Up 130

Chapter 21 The Fails 136

Chapter 22 350,000 Witnesses 143

Chapter 23 From Sea to Shining Sea 151

Chapter 24 Peer Pressure 158

Chapter 25 Disaster 168

Chapter 26 The Master Birdman Is Grounded 178

Chapter 27 The Last Great Trick 182

Chapter 28 The Master Birdman Returns 189

Chapter 29 Around the World 193

Chapter 30 Looping Across America 197

Chapter 31 Flying for the President 202

Chapter 32 Monoplane 207

Epilogue: Turning the Page 212

Time line 214

Glossary 219

Notes 223

Selected Bibliography 231

Index 235

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