Some people become famous of their genius inventions and the way they help to transform the world. Some, on the other world, well..they also become famous in entirely different ways, for e.g getting killed by their own experiments and inventions. These 10 inventors are some of the latter category –
#1 François Reichelt : Flying Tailor
He was a French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer. Reichelt had become fixated on developing a suit for aviators that would convert into a parachute and allow them to survive a fall in times of emergencies, when they have to jump out of the airplane. While conducting an experiment, he jumped to his own death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design.
#2 Henry Smolinski : Flying Car
Engineer Henry Smolinski wanted to create a commercially viable flying car, so he quit his job and started Advanced Vehicle Engineers. In 1973, the company built two prototype vehicles, called AVE Mizars. The vehicles were due to go into production in 1974. But, on September 11, 1973, during a test flight at Camarillo, the right wing strut again detached from the Pinto. With Janisse, the test pilot, not available for this test flight, Mizar creator Smolinski was at the controls and he succumbed to his injuries and died.
#3 Horace Lawson Hunley : Submarine Innovator
It is a little-known fact of the life of Horace Lawson Hunley that he was once a lawyer. His legacy is so imbued by the dramatic tale of building a submersible “iron torpedo submarine”, in the midst of the American Civil War. The prototype had to be destroyed when New Orleans fell to the federal Union Army in April of 1862. Later, The Hunley was again relaunched. The Hunley withdrew and waited. But, the explosion that followed was violent and the boat burned and sank. It sank for a third and final time, again taking the lives of all eight crew with it. Along with it, went down Hunley. This was the first time in military history that a submerged vessel, a submarine, ever sank an enemy ship. The H. L. Huntley lay lost until it was discovered in 1995.
#4 William Bullock : Inventor Of The Web Rotary Printing Press
William Bullock invented the web Rotary Printing Press revolutionized modern printing. Several years after its invention, his foot was crushed during the installation of a new machine in Philadelphia. Bullock tried to kick a driving belt onto a pulley. His leg was crushed when it became caught in the machine. The crushed foot developed gangrene and Bullock died during the amputation.
#5 Karel Soucek : Professional Stuntman
A Canadian professional stuntman, Karel went over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1984. Soucek’s custom-made barrel was nine feet long and five feet in diameter. It was bright red and bore the words, “Last of the Niagara Daredevils – 1984” and “It’s not whether you fail or triumph, it’s that you keep your word… and at least try!”. The barrel began spinning as it plunged earthward and clipped the edge of the tank. The impact crushed Soucek’s chest and abdomen and fractured his skull, the Harris County medical examiner’s office said.
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