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From the Book Jacket: THE GLORIOUS FLIGHT MR. LOUIS BLéRIOT IS OUT FOR A DRIVE WITH his family on a morning like any other morning in France in the year 1901. Suddenly he sees a machine flying through the air, and immediately he knows, even before he drives into a wagon full of pumpkins, that he too must fly. So begins Briot's obsession with flying, marked by efforts both humorous and dangerous and culminating in a daring flight across the English Channel in 1909. The astonished world applauds Louis Briot, whose flight is the first of its kind, eighteen years before Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Alice and Martin Provensen's richly detailed paintings convey this exciting and historic event with wonderful authenticity. Exquisite color tones and shifting perspectives create a convincing sense of air and space, allowing every reader to experience the wonder of flight.
A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Blériot XI which crossed the English Channel in thirty-seven minutes in the early 1900s.
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