Don't pack your parachute: Totally free fall - tech - 17 November 2009 - New Scientist: "ON A bright day in 1912, an Austrian tailor named Franz Reichelt jumped off the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. This was no suicide attempt. Reichelt was wearing a special overcoat of his own design that was supposed to let him glide gently to the ground. Sadly, it didn't work. As the crowd watched and movie cameras whirred, the 'flying tailor' plunged 60 metres to his death."