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  • Short Summary

    Franz Reichelt shows off his new parachute by leaping to his death.

  • Description

    DISTRESSING FOOTAGE. Unused / unissued material -

    Paris, France.

    Franz Reichelt wearing the parachute that he designed and invented before ascending the Eiffel Tower.

    Reichelt standing on platform high up on the tower preparing to jump he hovers on the brink for some time and then eventually jumps falling straight down to his death.

    Police and small crowd around the body of Reichelt as it is carried away, they then measure the depth of the hole made by his fall.

    The film has French intertitles.

    Cataloguer's Note: Old record suggests this event happened 4th February 1912.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1824.01
    Media URN:
    60726
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:03:00 / 01:01:39:00
    Canister:
    UN 1 G (Y)

Comments (6)

  1. JasonC says

    Why didn't he practice on a smaller structure? Or have a safety net?

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  2. alasdairlocke says

    Or send a weighted dummy?

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  3. Stuart Gardner says

    As terrible and spectacular as his failure was, I expect he did practice on smaller structures and work with weighted dummies.

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  4. pathfinder says

    Terribly sad.

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  5. paul69 says

    I wonder if he shouted "Geronimo" as he leapt off ?

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