Alone in the Sky - Mike ReillyLondon: Robert Hale, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Appendices ;
From the cover: “No one has contributed more to the success of parachuting as a sport in Britain than Mike Reilly. He was chairman of the British Parachute Association, British parachute champion and captain of the national team. In vigorous style he has written what Lord Brabazon describes as “this classical book”, which he hoped would make readers get the “bug” for parachuting. But this is not only a book for future participants; it is also for present enthusiasts and for those who may never leave their armchairs.
Part I is a history of parachuting from its halting origins,^, through the great contributions of Irvirn and military parachuting to Leo Valentin, “Dumbo” Willans and modern competitive sport parachuting in Britain, France, Russia and America. Part II describes types of parachutes, the technique of parachuting, training programmes, and provides some useful hints for competition jumping. The book ends with some personal experiences, both grave and gay, of the author and his parachuting friends, in which he attempts to convey the joys of parachuting — not without a touch of the mystique which comes from the freedom of being alone in the sky.
Mike Reilly was killed in a parachuting accident when making a film, just after he had finished writing this book. His death was the result of a rare and cruel combination of circumstances. Had someone else been their victim one can be certain that Mike Reilly would have still said that parachuting is one of the greatest and safest of sports.”