Reading a dashing mustache decorates Franz REICHELT (1879 to 1912) on the contemporary photographic material. Dashing, or at least that, was his attempt to jump from the bottom platform of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on February 4, 1912, to the press and public from a height of 57 meters.

The goal of the tailor born in Austria was to publicly test a rescue suit for pilots designed by him, which in the future would slide safely out of falling machines to the ground.

However, the three to four seconds of his fall were not enough to unfold the bat-like wings of the self-tailored suit - if they had even unfolded. At that time, cameras captured Reichelt's deadly leap. If you like, you can watch the original filmstrip here.

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