[PW] Searching for a children’s book : Elizabethan flying machine

Wayne Wiens waynewiens at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 21 23:59:12 PDT 2016


Sir Walter Raleigh was not an inventor. 

Best wishes,
Wayne

> On Sep 21, 2016, at 10:58 PM, Mike Goldsmith <mikegoldsmith639 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I read this in about 1972, it’s a children’s book about an inventor (who
> might be Sir Walter Raleigh) who lives on the South Coast of England,
> people think he’s a witch and send soldiers (on horseback?) to arrest him,
> but he is warned by some children and manages to make a brief flight over
> the cliffs. The flying machine breaks up in the waves, but the inventor
> then gets away by boat. To begin with, the inventor tries to make a
> flapping-wing device, but ends up with a glider, made of wood and leather.
> I think he sets fire to his house before escaping, to keep secret his
> discovery of how to fly. Written in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
> 
> Many thanks for any clues!
> 
> Mike
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