Fadness’s book takes flight
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Thirty years of hot air balloon experience takes flight in Arley Fadness’s new book “Balloons Aloft: Flying South Dakota Skies.” Fadness, of Custer, calls the book, and ballooning in general, an advocation, one that started in 1978 when he was a young draftsman working for Boeing.
At that time, he also went to seminary and was in the parish in Harrisburg, when he read an ad Ed Yost, inventor of the modern hot air balloon, had placed looking for a draftsman. Fadness thought such a job would be exciting and answered the ad. When he arrived, a gruff Yost asked Fadness what his qualifications were. He told him he worked for Boeing.
“He said, ‘You’re hired,’” Fadness said. “It was the shortest interview of my life.”
From that point on Fadness has been heavily involved in ballooning from the historical, scientific and artistic point of view and became a lifelong friend of Yost. All that knowledge is poured into “Balloons Aloft,” Fadness’s eighth book, the first published by Xulon Press of Maitland, Fla.
“Iâï¿½ï¿½think it’s a very readable book,”âï¿½ï¿½Fadness said.âï¿½ï¿½“It’s not too technical. I intentionally was not technical or scientific.”
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