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Fadness’s book takes flight

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2013

“Balloons Aloft: Flying South Dakota Skies” is the latest book written by local artist Arley Fadness. The book is an historical ballooning overview peppered with colorful aeronauts, daring adventures and stories of scientific probes in the stratosphere.

 

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.
“Iâ��think it’s a very readable book,”â��Fadness said.â��“It’s not too technical. I intentionally was not technical or scientific.”

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.

“Iâ��think it’s a very readable book,”â��Fadness said.â��“It’s not too technical. I intentionally was not technical or scientific.”

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joanne mewherter
November 15th, 2013 at 06:47am

My name is Joanne and i work at the Bieber Public Library in Bowdle, SD. We have been trying to put your book into our computer system but we are having trouble finding a dewey decimal # for the book since it is a nonfiction book. Could you Please help us with this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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