Books: Up and Away

THE COMPLEAT BIRDMAN by PETER HAINING 160 pages. Illustrated. St. Martin's Press. $8.95.

"O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?" So wrote Dante 600 years ago. Even in his age, the idea of individual flight was an ancient desire. Today no fantasy remains more universal than that of the airborne human, riding updrafts like a bird. Most people restrict their air travel to those steelbound auditoriums shuttling back and forth between continents or coasts, an experience that comes no closer to free flight than...

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