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"Flying Death"

 


howardwhite  (C 3896)

Jan 15, 2010, 10:14 AM
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These are pictures from a 1930 German article (which was linked on the dz.com German page.)
Interestingly, the story uses the term "Taucher der Lfte," which I guess can be loosely translated as "skydiver" -- the earliest use of this term I've found.

HW
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JohnRich  (D License)

Jan 15, 2010, 10:48 AM
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Wow! What an exit. Those guys were tough. But as the last photo shows, it's worth all the effort.


3331  (D 3331)

Jan 15, 2010, 11:10 AM
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In that last picture Tod 4, the helmet looks French.


davidlayne  (D 3102)

Jan 15, 2010, 11:40 AM
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In reply to:
In that last picture Tod 4, the helmet looks French.

That's what I thought, World War 1 French, as worn in the trenches.


bozo  (D 10154)

Jan 15, 2010, 11:45 AM
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In reply to:
In reply to:
In that last picture Tod 4, the helmet looks French.

That's what I thought, World War 1 French, as worn in the trenches.


Like when you were there , David ?


grimmie  (D 18890)

Jan 15, 2010, 10:45 PM
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That dude kissing the girl was an early Golden Knight I suppose!! WinkTongueCool


Niki1  (D 3103)

Jan 16, 2010, 7:51 AM
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Does the 3rd image (tod2) show the invention of the powere line landing? Smile


Mischello

Jan 16, 2010, 9:21 AM
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Hi Guys!

Here is the link to the Original HI-Res Scan of the whole article...

http://www.flickr.com/...ischello/4275779907/

Have fun & enjoy!

Greetings from Cologne, Germany
Michael


skypuppy  (D 347)

Jan 16, 2010, 1:35 PM
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I'm guessing that this would be the first power line landing -- Grant Morton, Venice Beach California, 1912. The second jumper ever out of an airplane.

But there could have been balloon jumpers who landed in wires, too. I know a jumper in London Ontario in the 1890's landed on rooftop and broke her back....
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skypuppy  (D 347)

Jan 17, 2010, 12:55 AM
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Interestingly, tod1 also appears in the book Nine Lives: the story of the parachutist John Tranum, opposite page 134. Most of the pictures have some sort of assignation as to where they came from, but that one does not.

Tranum was Danish and spent the last few years of his life in Europe.


paralola  (D 6173)

Jan 17, 2010, 9:01 AM
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Good foresight by the author to the feature of swooping, he called the jumper 'parachute pilots'


lapster  (D 8241)

Mar 8, 2010, 9:13 PM
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Howard - the last picture....5 second rule being applied. Regards



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