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   They Sailed the Skies

They Sailed the Skies

Author: Vaeth, J. Gordon Set In . . .
 North America, USA, New Jersey, Ohio, Akron
Genre: Historical Novel
Time Frame: Early 20th Century
Published: 2005
Description: In this accessibly written account, Vaeth describes the history of the annual James Gordon Bennett International Balloon Race, in which U.S. Navy balloonists competed throughout the 1920s and 1930s. The story of the competitors is told against the backdrop of the larger naval airship program of which they were a part. An epilogue recounts the author's participation in a program that used Navy-manned balloons for stratospheric research after WWII. The volume is illustrated with b&w historical photographs. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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