A Deadly Scoop

Death Jump – Franz Reichelt jumps off the Eiffel Tower
P: British Pathé. UK/Fr 1912

“In February 1912, the inventor Franz Reichelt had gained permission to test his self designed parachute from the Eiffel Tower. The press and Pathé cameras were all invited to witness his jump. The first time Reichelt went up the tower, he actually turned back after getting scared. However, after some persuasion from his manager, he climbed the tower again. The film shows Reichelt teetering on the edge and after hesitating for awhile, he jumps off but plummets straight down to his death.”
British Pathé

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