High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Otto Lilienthal (May 23, 1848-August 10, 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. He followed an experimental approach established earlier by Sir George Cayley. Newspapers and magazines published photographs of Lilienthal gliding, favorably influencing public and scientific opinion about the possibility of flying machines becoming practical. Lilienthal was born in Anklam, Province of Pomerania, Prussia. He attended the grammar school in Anklam, and also studied the flight of birds with his brother Gustav, fascinated by the idea of manned flight. Lilienthal and his brother made strap-on wings, but failed in their attempts to fly.
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