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Around the World P: The Story of Our History-Making Balloon Flight Paperback – 8 Sep 2000


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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (8 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471395374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471395379
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,008,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this dramatic and inspiring account, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the pilots of the Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon’, tell the remarkable story of their record–breaking, first–ever around–the–world balloon flight in March 1999, one of the great feats of human endurance. By the time Piccard and Jones took off from Switzerland on March 1, they had already faced many problems and delays, and the prospects of winning the race around the world looked dim—a rival balloon was many days ahead of them. Then, just as they were about to cancel their attempt, a perfect weather window opened up, and they were off. As their rivals faltered and ditched in the ocean, Piccard and Jones caught the jet–stream winds for an exciting and perilous ride. During their 30,000–mile voyage, they survived many crises: for two days they lost all communication with the world below; during one terrifying day, gasping to catch their breath, they were told they were being poisoned by unidentified fumes; at 35,000 feet up—with the outside temperature at –58° F—their heating failed and water froze inside their tiny gondola, no bigger than a minivan. Most harrowing of all was their six–and–a–half–day journey across the Pacific on a daring southern route that took them so far from land that had they ditched, there would have been almost no chance of rescue. By the time they reached the Gulf of Mexico, their fuel was desperately low, and their decision to carry on across the Atlantic was driven by their sense of what they describe as an "invisible hand" that brought them repeated strokes of good fortune. Using their logbook and journals, as well as photographs taken on board, Piccard and Jones have brought their marathon flight vividly to life. capturing the emotion of their many moments of high tension, as well as the uplifting humor and camaraderie, both between the pilots and with their ground crew. which helped them persevere. Their account tells the story of a great adventure, and shows how two very different characters forged a unique relationship in the most challenging circumstances of their lives. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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"A roller–coaster adventure of emotional highs and lows." –Library Journal

Into the real thin air: The gripping story of the history–making around–the–world balloon flight as told by the pilots themselves. In this dramatic and inspiring account, adventurers Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the pilots of the Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon, tell the remarkable story of their record–breaking, first–ever around–the–world balloon flight in March 1999.

During their 30,000–mile voyage, they faced many unexpected challenges and near–disasters, including a harrowing six–and–a–half–day trip across the Pacific when the balloon came dangerously close to plunging into the ocean. Using their logbook and journals, as well as photographs taken on– board, Piccard and Jones have brought their 20–day marathon flight vividly to life, capturing the emotion of their many moments of high tension, as well as the uplifting humor and camaraderie that helped them persevere. This is the tale of a great adventure that shows how two very different characters forged a unique relationship during the greatest challenge of their lives.

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