THE FLYING CARPET
Adventures in a Biplane from Timbuktu to Everest and Beyond

RICHARD HALLIBURTON
264pp 2012 LIST PRICE: £11.99 (P) E310

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Thirsting for a new adventure and announcing that 'an adventure not in the air is obsolete', Halliburton hired pioneer aviator Moye Stephens in 1931 and fearlessly set out to circle the world in an open cockpit biplane optimistically named The Flying Carpet. For Halliburton it was the ultimate in romantic, risky exploration and was a means of seeing the world in a way that few had ever seen it before. True to form, his journey was breathtakingly audacious. They performed aerobatics in Fez, landed in mysterious Timbuktu, spent time with the French Foreign Legion in Algeria and explored Cairo, Damascus and Petra. In Iran, they met legendary aviatrix Ella Beinhorn and gave Princess Mahin Banu a ride. Marking the end of an era, the story is as captivating today as it was to the world 80 years ago.