A book of a man that dreamed air-ships, planned air-ships, and read about aerial navigation since his early childhood, the Brazilian aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont. An early pioneer of aviation, a hero, a genius, and a visionary, he designed, built, and flew the first practical dirigible balloons, demonstrating that routine, controlled flights were possible. This conquest of the sky made him one of the world famous people during the early 20th century. In “My Airships” the author tells us the story of his life and work, beginning with the coffee plantation of his father, an engineer in his past. His first balloon and air-ship, winning of the Deutsch Prize, how it feels to navigate the air – all this will surely be captivating for those who are interested in the history of machinery, as well as just an inquisitive reader. Besides, this book appeals to us as a vivid description of the epoch.
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