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Thaddeus Robl (1877-1910), early German aviator and racing cyclist
1910 June 18th. Killed. It is comparatively speaking only a few days ago since Thaddeus Robl, after winning success upon success in cycle races, decided to turn his attention to flying, and learnt to fly a Farman biplane. He rapidly attained proficiency, and arranged to fly at a meeting arranged to take place at Stettin. On Saturday evening a squally wind was blowing, and none of the aviators deemed it advisable to go up. At this the crowd showed signs of anger, and, in response to calls for him, Robl decided to attempt a flight. He reached a height of about 200 ft., and was then descending, when the machine was apparently caught by a squall and capsized. It fell to the ground and Robl was buried beneath the wreckage. On being extricated it was found that his neck was broken, and he expired in a few minutes. without regaining consciousness.