|Titre||The Leading Edge|
|Sous-titre||An Adventure Story|
|Auteur||GEORGESON, Dick & WISLON, Anna|
|Année de publication||2005|
|Format||150 x 229 x 20 mm|
|Nombre de pages||212|
One of the most famous figures in world gliding, Dick Georgeson spent much of his childhood at Irishman Creek station with his uncle, renowned engineer and inventor Bill Hamilton. Learning to glide in England in 1949, he was soon completely hooked; by 1951 he had his first New Zealand gliding record, and first world record by 1960. In 1979 the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) awarded him the Gold Medal, their highest award for flying, followed in 1985 by the Lilienthal Medal, the highest award for gliding. In 1979 he received an MBE for services to aviation in New Zealand.
His story interweaves a fascinating personal biography with gripping descriptions of many of his record-breaking flights. A bold pioneer in long crosswind wave flight, he pursued his addition with courage and tenacity. Imagine flying at 35,000 ft in a flimsy glider, air temperature -57° C, your breath crystallizing around you and ailerons and air brakes frozen solid - and looking down to see the plane from Australia a tine dot 20,000 ft below! Tribute is paid to other pioneers and pilots; the evolution of sailplanes from the fabric-covered, 'wings and wires', open-cockpit glider he first flew is described, and he tells of some of the risks and accidents associated with throwing oneself at the mercy of weather and terrain.
The book is introduced with a foreword by by Einar Enevoldson, former NASA test pilot and mastermind of the Perlan Project, the attempt to research the polar vortex in the stratosphere in a sailplane with the American Adventurer Steve Fossett.
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