The Reluctant Rocketman: A Curious Journey in World Record Breaking

The Reluctant Rocketman: A Curious Journey in World Record Breaking


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The Reluctant Rocketman: A Curious Journey in World Record Breaking by Kasprowicz, Landspeed Louise Ann Noeth

In October, 1970, The Blue Flame rocket car screamed across the Bonneville Salt Flats at 622.407 mph setting the absolute world land speed record. The title held fast for 13 years and remains the fastest American-built car in history. Ray Dausman designed the rocket engine for The Blue Flame. Why wasn't he present when The Blue Flame set the world record? Why didn't the car achieve 1,000 mph as he designed it to do? Ray's story unfolds with humorous observations of what it was like to be a fish out of water in the racing world. The reader has a front row seat for this wrestling match between regret and perspective of achievement. Sarah, Ray's daughter, shares his story in this memoir of a man with a passion for rockets and new ideas.

The Reluctant Rocketman introduces the reader to a boy with a thirst for new adventures who develops a passion for rockets as he reaches adulthood with an even greater appreciation for new ideas. The Blue Flame project is the common thread throughout these chapters which shed light on the life a self-taught rocket designer who had to decide if the price of invention was worth it after all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988199477
Publisher: GreenBean Creative Solutions
Publication date: 05/12/2013
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sarah Kasprowicz is a middle school science and language arts teacher residing in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with her husband and son. Sarah fell in love with The Blue Flame story when she accidentally caused her father, Ray Dausman, "to confess" his essential role in the world record breaking project. Puzzled by his silence, she spent another decade prying all the details out of him.

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