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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
Since the dawn of time, man has dreamt of flying. Rising to the Challenge of Space Flight by David Ritchey shares the quest for flight throughout history. He traces flight history all the way back to kites in China before the time of Christ and then forward to what might be one day. Greek mythology taught the joy and the dangers of flight in the story of Daedalus and his son Icarus. From ancient China and Greece, David continues his aviation history through the age of the lighter-than-air flight and into the age of modern planes and jets. After learning much about flying, the reader can move into David’s discussion of flight’s future, including space flight. This book is a fantastic resource for understanding the history and future of flight.
If you shake your head at the fantastic advancements in flight, you will love reading David Ritchey’s book Rising to the Challenge of Space Flight. This book covers volumes of information concerning the history of flight. However, David skips the deeply technical jargon and opts for writing in an understandable style. Not having to look up aviation terms in the dictionary is just one reason this book will be a joy for those interested in flight. If you like history, you will enjoy reading the history of aviation. If you are not into history but love to travel, you will be thrilled to learn how a heavy aircraft can stay in the air. If you are into aviation, this book will enlighten you about how aviation got to where it is today. Finally, suppose you are a dreamer of the future. In that case, David will also take care of your curiosity about the future of flight. This is a book that all can enjoy reading and discussing.