This is Franz Reichelt who tried to invent the first wingsuit. Clearly he had a good idea, as wingsuit flyers will tell you today, but his particular design in 1912 sucked. The video is a bit old and lacking some HD clarity, but you can get the general idea of what happens. It goes something like this: he jumps off of the Eiffel Tower wearing something like a bed-sheet and dies. His wicked mustache probably did the most to slow him down during the fall. I guess it’s the thought that counts.
Mr. Reichelt was a French tailor who was sometimes referred to as the Flying Tailor. Apparently, initial experiments with the suit that killed him were conducted with dummies dropped from the fifth floor of his apartment building had been successful, but he learned the hard way that test dummies are more durable than French people.
Another unsuccessful wingsuit stunt is recalled at 1:50 of this trailer, but this time the wingsuit looks more like a wingsuit and less like a Halloween costume of a nun.