Franz Reichelt

(1879 – February 4, 1912)
An Austrian-born French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer, sometimes referred to as the Flying Tailor, he is remembered for his accidental death by jumping from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design. Despite attempts by friends and spectators to dissuade him, he jumped from the first platform of the tower wearing his invention. The parachute failed to deploy and he crashed into the ground at the foot of the tower. The next day, newspapers were full of the story.
Franz Reichelt said "I want to try the experiment myself and without trickery, as I intend to prove the worth of my invention". (Je veux tenter l’expérience moi-même et sans chiqué [sic], car je tiens à bien prouver la valeur de mon invention.)

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