Franz Reichelt, originally born in 1879 in Austria was a French inventor, tailor and a pioneer in parachuting.
He was popular back then for his numerous attempts to invent a self-deployment device that allows pilots to escape from their airplanes when they need to. Thus, preventing people from dying after jumping from burning aircrafts or building was actually his ultimate goal.
Unfortunately, Reichelt earned his nickname the “Flying Tailor” after his unsuccessful attempt to jump from the Eiffel Tower resulting in his tragic death. The inventor decided to test his own custom made wearable parachute and prove to the world he had discovered a way to make a man fly.
Reichelt carefully contemplated his whole act by deceiving the authorities and his own friends and family that he would use test dummies for the experiment. On February 4, 1912, Reichelt appeared beneath the Eiffel Tower wearing his own flying suit. He performed the jump himself and it tragically resulted in a devastating crash in the icy ground.