Otto Lilienthal

Local nameOtto Lilienthal
LocationSteglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany

Karl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the "flying man". He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful flights with gliders. Newspapers and magazines published photographs of Lilienthal gliding, favourably influencing public and scientific opinion about the possibility of flying machines becoming practical. On 9 August 1896, his glider stalled and he was unable to regain control. Falling from about 15 m, he broke his neck and died the next day.

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Address 8 Lange Straße, Berlin 12249, Germany

Coordinates 52°25'25.742" N 13°20'6.405" E

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