First Manned Glider Flight

The first manned glider flight took place in Wiltshire, England, in 1005 and chronicled by William of Malmesbury. Eilmer (or Aylmer), Benedictine monk strapped wings to his hands and feet and launched himself from a tower of Malmesbury Abbey on a flight more than a furlong (600 feet, or 183 meters). William, “agitated by the violence of the wind and the swirling of air, as well as by awareness of his rashness, he fell, broke his legs, and was lame ever after. He used to say that the cause of his failure was forgetting to put a tail on the back part.” Ibn Firnas attempted a manned glider flight in 875 while a Moor of Cordoba, Spain.

      Wiltshire, England

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