Happy Birthday, Otto!

Every time I hike up one of our training hills, I think of where it all began. In Germany, during the 1890′s a young man named Otto Lilienthal became the world’s first successful hang glider pilot. Correction: the world’s first successful PILOT of any sort. He even built his own training hill where throngs of people would watch him fly gliders of his own design. And so now, when we carry our gliders up the hill and fly, there’s a direct link back to the sport’s true pioneer. When you launch from even our small hill, the air echoes with the spirit of the world’s first pilot. May 23rd is the 161st anniversary of Otto Lilienthal’s birth. If you can, take a few minutes and reflect on one man’s incredible contribution to his fellow man: the ability to fly like a bird. Better yet, get in the air! Show Otto how far we’ve come and how much we appreciate him. Thanks, Otto. Happy Birthday! More info on Otto Lilienthal.

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