World’s first glider takes to a modern wind tunnel: Model of 1891 'flying machine' is tested to find out how it flew so well



Before the Wright Brothers, or even the lesser known Gustave Whitehead, successfully took to the skies, a German aviator achieved humanity's first successful gliding flights.
Otto Lilienthal is considered 'the first human being to fly,' after conducting trials with a self-built glider 125 years ago.
Now, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have replicated one of Lilienthal's historical 'flying machines' to understand how the craft would have flown, and gain insight on his fatal crash.
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13 May 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 40
Source: Daily Mail
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