What plane tried to go under the Eiffel Tower in 1926?
French stunt pilot Leon Collet died when his biplane collided with a radio transmission aerial as he flew under the Eiffel Tower arches on February 24, 1926.
This was a technical challenge and a demonstration of the how-to for the Eiffel company, which was specialized in metallic-framed constructions. The use of steel allowed the tower to reach a height of 300 meters (about 1000 feet). A tower made of rock would have collapsed, its base crushed under the weight.
the Eiffel tower is part of the landscape of Paris. You only need to see it in a film to know that you are in France, as it is unique. It is a world-famous landmark and a major tourist attraction. It was at the time a technical prowess and the tower had since demontrated, even in the December 1999 tempest, that it was significantly under its tolerance thresholds.
The use of puddled iron (sort of wrought iron) was very daring and innovative at the time the Eiffel tower was designed. A building of the same high cannot be built with stone, as the bottom woud crush under the weight of the construction. The calculations Eiffel made about the material, as the movements of the tower because of the metal dilating due of the heat of the sun, are proved right and nearly perfectly…