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    Today in Aviation History
    Posted by FsTheo - Source: flyingmachines.org - 1975 views
    Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2006
    Otto Lilienthal's glider collapsed during a flight on August 9, 1896


    The work with gliders in Germany by the Lilienthal brothers, Otto and Gustav (1849-1933), was, arguably, the most important aerial effort prior to that of the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville. Otto Lilienthal's numerous flights, over 2,000 in number, demonstrated beyond question that unpowered human flight was possible, and that total control of an aerial device while aloft was within reach.

    Otto Lilienthal's glider collapsed during a flight on August 9, 1896, and he suffered severe injuries. His death, the following day at a hospital in Berlin, was considered a distinct blow to progress in the aerial arts.

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