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The flying man : Otto Lilienthal, the world's first pilot  Cover Image Book Book

The flying man : Otto Lilienthal, the world's first pilot / Mike Downs ; illustrated by David Hohm.

Downs, Mike, (author.). Hohn, David, (illustrator.).


"Here is the little-known history of Otto Lilienthal, a daring man whose more than 2,000 successful flights inspired the Wright Brothers and other aviation pioneers. In 1862, balloons were the only way to reach the sky. But 14-year-old Otto Lilienthal didn't want to fly in balloons. He wanted to soar like a bird. Scientists, teachers, and news reporters everywhere said flying was impossible. Otto and his brother Gustav desperately wanted to prove them wrong, so they made their own wings and tried to take flight. The brothers quickly crashed, but this was just the beginning for Otto, who would spend the next 30 years of his life sketching, re-sketching, and building gliders. Over time, Otto's flights got longer. His control got better. He learned the tricks and twists of the wind. His flights even began to draw crowds. By the time of his death at age 48, Otto had made more than 2,000 successful glider flights. He was the first person in history to spend this much time in the air, earning the title of the world's first pilot and paving the way for future aviation pioneers." -- Publisher marketing.

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  • ISBN: 9781635925500
  • ISBN: 1635925509
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrated ; 29 cm x 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Astra Young Readers, 2022.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
660L Lexile
Subject: Lilienthal, Otto, 1848-1896 > Juvenile literature.
Lilienthal, Otto, 1848-1896. > Juvenile literature.
Aeronautical engineers > Transportation > Germany > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Transportation > Aviation > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Gliders (Aeronautics) > Piloting > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Gliders (Aeronautics) > Drawing > Juvenile literature.
Aeronautical engineers > Germany > Biography.
Transportation > Aviation > Biography.
Gliders (Aeronautics) > Piloting > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.
Picture books.
Creative nonfiction.

Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rolla Public Library JNF 629.13 DOW (Text) 38256101710766 Juvenile Nonfiction Available -

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