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I've been in contact with the author of this book:

Touching Space: The Project Manhigh Story

Project Manhigh took humans to the threshold of space using balloons. In the 1950s, a small band of Air Force doctors were on the cutting edge of the United States' space research programs. Working at the Aeromedical Field Laboratory at Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico, they used balloons to carry laboratory animals followed by human pilots above 99% of the atmosphere. Drawing upon flight reports and technical data, this book documents Project Manhigh and the high altitude flights that preceded it. The Manhigh flights were, in many ways, prototypes for future space missions. On each of the three flights, the Air Force placed a lone pilot in a sealed capsule nineteen miles above the ground. At such extreme altitudes, the pilots were well within the functional equivalent of outer space and needed the sealed capsule to survive. Manhigh existed prior to the creation of NASA and helped pave the way for human space exploration.
This is by far, one of the best books on Project Man High of David Simons and Joe Kittinger fame. A close friend nabbed me a copy and got it signed by David Simons for me. Next time I see Kittinger, I'll get it signed. I highly recommend anyone interested in high altitude balloon flights, pick this up. A must for any aerospace historians library.

You can order from Schiffer books (link above) or contact the author Greg Kennedy at:

The cost would be the same as Schiffer, $24.95, plus $5.00 shipping to US addresses, $23.00 for Europe and South America. He will be thrilled to sign it for you.

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