Books in english about the flying flea are not so common, so do not miss this one!
With more than a little nostalgia for the days when flying was still an adventure that anyone could participate in and the sky was not restricted and controlled as it is today, the author presents to us one of the original participants in that adventure. Frenchman Henri Mignet's creation, the Flying Flea provided the enthusiast of the era with a viable machine for a mere £25 (£65 with a decent engine). He took on the UK aviation bureaucracy and won, allowing ordinary folk to build and fly his soon-to-be-famous little machine. His story is the stuff of Boy's Own heroics and in the telling of it the author allows us to re-live his own youthful enthusiasms in the early years of flying.
Written with Arthur's typical charm, wit and humour this book is nevertheless a comprehensive history of an important chapter in aviation history. It includes a number of previously unpublished images from private sources and the author's first hand knowledge of events makes the book invaluable for anyone with a desire to understand the various ways in which humanity 'reached for the sky' in the early part of the 20th century.
Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume
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Dans la tradition chère à Henri Mignet, un excellent moyen de "discuter le coup" et de se tenir au courant de l'actualité pouducieliste.
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