Otto Lilienthal (1848 – 1896) was a German pioneer of human aviation who became known as the Glider King. He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. Working in conjunction with his brother Gustav, he made over 2,000 flights in gliders of his design starting in 1891 with his first glider version, the Derwitzer, until his death in a gliding crash.

During a flight on 9 August 1896, Lilienthal’s glider stalled and he fell from a height of 17 m (56 ft), breaking his spine. He died in Berlin the following day, saying "Kleine Opfer müssen gebracht werden!" ("Small sacrifices must be made!").



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