Inspired Richard Pearse ?

These relatives of pioneer German hang-glider pilot, Otto Lilienthal, believe he inspired Richard Pearse, South Canterbury’s own pioneer aviator. Winfried Halle, from Berlin and Alister Squire, of Waitohi, are grandsons of Gustav Lilienthal and Marie Lilienthal, respectively, the brother and sister of Otto. Today they were given a guided tour of the South Canterbury Aviation Heritage Centre, by president Peter Jost, and viewed displays relating to Otto’s influence on Richard Pearse. Marie Lilienthal emigrated to New Zealand and in 1884 married George Squire, a farmer and neighbour of Richard Pearse.

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