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Lilienthal's great contribution was the gliding flight he pioneered became the first step of human flight. The next steps should have been using the wind, soaring flight, and the flapping wing engine. But history went another way. The era of power flight started in 1903 with the Wright Brothers, although there were earlier flights reported (C. Ader, G. Weißkopf/Whitehead, K. Jatho, R. W. Pearse). The connection between Lilienthal and the Wright Brothers was the railway engineer Octave Chanute.

The rebirth of soaring flight started in 1911 with the Wright brothers and after WW1 in the Rhön-hills in Germany, long after powered flight in the 1920s.
But only with the invention of the Rogallo-airfoil in the middle of the 20th Century was the hang glider invented for the second time.

The flapping of wings:
Stephan Nitsch has reconstructed and tested most of the Lilienthal-gliders that are exhibited in the museum. The bird flight and flapping of wings remained his topic of interest, as it is for W. Send, P. Bicheron & R. Korobelnik, the FESTO company, and the Bigbird XL project,.

But there is another, the earliest ancestor of the aeroplane: The kite is not given much consideration.

photo aviators hill Most locations of the Lilienthal story are located in Berlin and its environs: the "Engineering works 'Otto Lilienthal'" that realised the first serial production of an aircraft, the 'Aviators Hill' and other places where Lilienthal flew are presented in the museum guide.

The Berlin-Tegel airport today is called "Otto Lilienthal."

Lilienthal Monument on the "Aviator Hill", Berlin


Lilienthal monument in Anklam. W. Preik, 1982




Original Gliders of Lilienthal are preserved in the following museums:


Early aviation history on the Web:

Today, thanks to many enthusiasts, the Web is a huge source of aviation history. Here are some examples that are especially close to our topic:

There are links to many other sources in our documents.

Moreover aviation is the topic of hundreds of aviation museums.

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