There's a little town called Anklam in northeastern Germany near the Baltic Sea and the Polish border. It is the birthplace of Otto Lilienthal, who some consider to be the first successful aviator in the world.
In 1889, he published the book “Birdflight as the Basis of Aviation.” With his fundamental research on birds and artificial wings he founded the science of wing aerodynamics and laid the foundations for concepts we still employ today. His methodology "from jumping to flying" marked the beginning of the era of human flight and was adopted by the Wright Brothers (U.S.A.) in their quest to develop a practical self-propelled flying machine. In 1896, Otto Lilienthal crashed when he was unsuccessfully attempting to navigate a glider through a heat eddy and died a few days later in Berlin. On the 100th anniversary of Lilienthal's first flight, the Otto Lilienthal Museum opened its doors in his hometown of Anklam. The museum provides insights into his life and accomplishments as a flight pioneer, as well as a pioneer in technical, social and cultural projects, which are of great importance today.