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April 1, 2018

The Flying Bike of Max Wiedenhöft, ca. 1920s

Photo of Max Wiedenhöft, a German airplane designer, on a rocket-powered flying bicycle over Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany. It is reported that he had started a aircraft company at Tempelhof Aiport and a speed of 167 km per hour would have achieved flight. The hope was to develop the flying machine as a rocket bike in order to achieve a speed of 400 km per hour.

Printed as an April Fool’s joke in a German newspaper. The picture was actually a photomontage created from a shot of Wiedenhoft taken the previous month, as he prepared to test his "rocket bicycle" on a rooftop at Tempelhof.

(via Geheugen van Nederland)


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