East Anglia Books


804636/39 - BALLOONS, BLERIOTS AND BARNSTORMERS: 200 Years of Flying For Fun

By Alastair Goodrum

 This is the definitive history of recreational flying in the East Midlands. Since time immemorial ordinary people have flocked to gaze upon daring feats in the hope of witnessing some death-defying or even death-inducing act. Aeronautics was turned into a public spectacle and exploited financially from its very beginning and thus it has remained ever since. The book sets out to elaborate upon those concepts in the East Midlands, and demonstrates that the region is truly representative of the progress of general aviation in this country as a whole over two centuries. The history covers balloons for shows and sports, the pre-First World War period, women aviators, Sir Alan Cobham, through to private and small air taxi flying operations, Amy Johnson, and continuing up to the present day. This illustrated book enables the reader to feel the euphoria and frustrations of the flyers, and experience the same excitement as the people who actually witnessed their efforts.


Format Softback
Pages 288 pages
Publication Date History Press, 2009

b/w photos and illustrations throughout 

Width (mm)


Height (mm) 250
Dust Jacket No



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