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Soaring and Gliding: The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area, Michigan, USA
From the "Images of Aviation" series

Author:  Jeffery P Sandman and Peter R. Sandman
Paperback, 128 pages, Hundreds of photographs (black & white)
Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.3 x 0.35 inches (165 x 235 x 9 mm)
Copyright 2006

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A wonderful collection of soaring photos with captions describing the people and gliders and locations in the photos.  This book does not have a plot, but it does succeed greatly at taking you back to a time when soaring was new and exciting.  It also introduces you to many of the people and gliders from those times.  The photos are reproduced in excellent quality.

To fly as the hawk and eagle has been mankind’s dream for centuries. Modern sailplanes make soaring and gliding flight possible, and with them, humans can fly higher, faster, and farther than the greatest of birds, using only an invisible force of nature to stay aloft. The terms soaring and gliding are used interchangeably, and the sport is appealing to pilot and spectator alike. Sailplane enthusiasts have always been explorers, always looking for a more ideal site that will provide the intellectual challenges of soaring as well as the sheer beauty and relaxation the sport can offer. Michigan-based glider pilots and designers found their soaring paradise in the early 1930s when they ventured north to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. The explorers began to promote the sport to national and international prominence, and many came to make up a veritable who’s who of American aeronautics. Over a century after Octave Chanute discovered motorless flight on the Lake Michigan dunes, sailplanes, hang gliders, and paragliders still fill the skies.

Author Bio: In Soaring and Gliding: The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area, historian Peter R. Sandman, recipient of soaring awards from the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, New York, and the Los Angeles–based Citizen Savings Athletic Foundation, joins forces with his son, Jeffery P. Sandman, who has written extensively on soaring in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area relative to early tourism promotion in northwestern Michigan.

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