Angel’s Flight

The Life of Jimmie Angel

American Aviator-Explorer

Discover of Angel Falls

Jimmie Angel by plane

Jimmie and his wife Virginia, Fresno, CA, 1928.

The long-awaited book, Angel’s Flight – The Life of Jimmie Angel, has been published and is now available for sale from the Jimmie Angel Historical Project.

Authored−edited by his niece, Karen Angel, the book was published in April 2019.

Jimmie Angel (1899-1956) was a noted American aviator who discovered Angel Falls in Venezuela—the tallest waterfall in the world. Yet after twenty years of searching for more about the man, the author finds that there are many aspects of his legendary life that are still unknown.

He was a man who was controversial during his life and remains to be so to this day. Angel’s Flight is a marker on the path to resolving the mysteries of Jimmie Angel’s life, and Karen Angel, gathers together the verifiable history of the life of Jimmie Angel and his pursuit of the lost River of Gold and his discovery in 1933 of the tallest waterfall on planet Earth.

But did he learn to fly when he was only fourteen years old? Did he work as an aviation scout for Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt (1916–1918), create an air force for a Chinese warlord in the Gobi Desert, or work as a test pilot for Italian airplane designer Giovanni Battista Caproni? Karen Angel looks at the evidence to separate fact from fiction.

Angel’s Flight pieces together his fascinating life story using a blend of dedicated archival research, verified family history, the reminiscences of friends and acquaintances of Jimmie, his first wife Virginia, his second wife Marie − the mother of his children, and the research and essays of laypeople and scholars including an essay by Jorge M. González about Ruth Robertson’s 1949 overland expedition to measure the height of the waterfall.

Jimmie Angel was a gifted pilot who loved Central and South America, especially Venezuela. And while conflicting timelines make some of his legendary stories improbable, the verifiable history of Jimmie Angel is a compelling part of the history of aviation and world exploration.

Jimmie Angel by plane

Jimmie Angel, age 21, 1922.


Description of the Book.

Cover: Full color image of Angel Falls

Interior: Over 300 historical black & white images

Pages: 432

Approximate dimensions: 8” x 11” x 1”

Approximate weight: 3 lbs.



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