It's hard to imagine that about 182 years ago a man made a glider and took to the skies.
It has been a brief time in human history since the days of the first man made flight. First without an engine, as a glider, then not too much longer after that, the steam engine. It has been little over a century since the first man risked life and limb to challenge gravity.
I was very young with I had my first dream of flying. I dreamed of flying like a bird over houses and even flew, in my dream, up in the clouds. To be honest, I am quite afraid of high places. I can't imagine ever flying in a commercial jet, but had once an offer to fly in a private plane. The man who offered me a day in the sky was a retired Air Force pilot. Germany was his family's origin. Interesting that the Germans were first to fly or rather, glide. There is much to be inspired by the man who was a true pioneer of heavier than air human flight. His name was Otto Lilienthal, born in 1836, and below is a link to a Wikipedia article about him and his quest for flight. Enjoy!
Otto Lilienthal - Read More from Wikipedia online.
You may enjoy the book entitled: PICTURE HISTORY OF EARLY AVIATION , 1903-1913 - BY Joshua Stoff - with 307 Illustrations. For more information on this particular book from Google Books. GO HERE
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