The first flying man

The first man known to have flown was a Chinese prisoner in the year 559. The Emperor Wenxuan of the Northern Qi had a man named Yuan Huangtou imprisoned.

Wenxuan then thought it would be a great idea to experiment. He ordered a few prisoners (including Yuan Huangtou) to be thrown of a tower while attached to supersized paper kites in the form of owls. Only Huangtou survived, eventually landing outside the city walls. The emperor still had him executed later.



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Huangtou
https://books.google.ch/books?id=PehoSnJfstUC&pg=PA285&lpg=PA285&dq=Yuan+Huangtou&source=bl&ots=Tp18nnOIZG&sig=96izx1JEKzdNsyAHyR39nEFtcbY&hl=en&ei=TmQbTO7qCcSrca_4uZUK&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result#v=onepage&q=Yuan%20Huangtou&f=false

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