View Full Version : Totally OT: what's this guy's name?

12-21-2007, 07:32 PM
Hey all, when i was a kid i read a book about first flight. Not the Wright Flyer, but the first men to fly using home-built gliders.

One of them was either the first to do it, or most successful, i can't remember. He later died when his glider flipped him on his back and he crashed. His last words were along the lines of "i didnt have enough bird sense to feel that gust of wind".

His first name was Otto, and last name.... i searched here and there, but couldnt find it. It sounded like "Lilienthal". Does anyone know how to spell that right? Cause i want to read up on him again http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Many thanks

12-21-2007, 07:50 PM
Otto Lilienthal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Lilienthal). Yes he origonaly made a formula for Wing surface for lbs. of weight. He got it wrong. The Wright brothers had to tripple it to get there plane to work corectorly.

12-21-2007, 07:58 PM
Lol, thanks. Yup, it turns out i spelled it wrong when searching, but got it right by guessing on the forum. Go figure. Thanks

12-21-2007, 08:12 PM
Yea we talked about the flight in my Aviation Mech. class. So It was fresh in my mind. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif