September 22, 2018

Otto Lilienthal

May 23 1848 – August 10 1896

“Sacrifices must be made”, were the final words Otto Lilienthal murmured to his brother, Gustav, shortly before taking his last breath. A day earlier, “The Flying Man”, as his fellow Germans called him, had lost control of his glider, plunging some fifty feet to the ground in a sudden and unrecoverable nose dive.

With a fracture to his third cervical vertebra, fading in and out of consciousness, not even one of Berlin’s best surgeons could save him.


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