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In Pictures: Taking Flight

Humankind has always looked up with a desire to fly like the birds, but it took some brave (often eccentric) pioneers to make the dream a reality
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ORIGINAL BIRDMAN

Otto Lilienthal swoops over a small crowd as he demonstrates his set of wings. To get his early form of glider airborne, the German would race off high points and leap into the air. By 1893, he could reach up to 250 metres but only three years later, Lilienthal broke his neck when a flight went wrong and died.

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Imagine, if you can, a mystery bug appearing out of nowhere – one with no cure or treatment and that kills nearly everyone infected in just a matter of days. !en consider one-in-three people in Britain being struck down by it over the course of two years. Unthinkable, isn’t it? And yet that’s exactly what happened halfway through the 14th century. Where did this killer plague, Black Death, come from? How did it spread? And what was it like to live through these unutterable days? We reveal all from page 28. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom to see in the new year, as we celebrate some of history’s greatest pioneers this issue, from the extraordinary salvagers of Henry VIII’s favourite ship, the Mary Rose (p46", to those magnificent men who took their flying machines into the skies (p56", to the remarkable women whose mathematical genius allowed the US to send men to the Moon (p69". We’ve also given the magazine a bit of a spring clean, taking all your comments on board, and introduced a few new regular features. I hope you like what we’ve done – do write in and let us know. Happy new Year!