This irreverent history looks back at the story of flight since the first patient-to-be jumped from a castle parapet to the joy that is flying with a hen night to Prague. It features all the important aircraft, pilots and defining moments that have echoed down the century and a bit since that first flight on a famous date in 1903. The book will answer all those questions that dog proper aeronautical historians: Was Keith Harris’s Orville really named after the first ever flyer? What exactly is a ‘Spitfire’? Why did Richard Branson try to cross the Atlantic in a balloon when he owned an airline? Featuring all the great pioneers of flight, the Montgolfier Brothers, the Wright Brothers, Louis Bleriot, Charles Lindbergh, and that man off the telly that used to fly on Concorde, there’s plenty to absorb here for any aviation buff.