• Short Summary

    Masselin in bird-man outfit before take off, in the air and men trying to revive him.

  • Description

    Paris, France.

    Documentation on file.

    MS. Gerard Masselin in his bird-man outfit, just before take off. VS. Air to air of bird-man leaving small plane and spreading wings as he sails towards ground. LS. Small crowd gathered around where Gerard Masselin landed after his parachute failed to open early. VS. Men trying to revive Masselin with kiss-of-life but it's too late, he is dead.


    Note: tragic piece of footage as man dies due to his parachute failing to open.

    Note 2: A member of the public sent a link to a newspaper article about this incident. The article read:

    St. Joseph Gazette – Sep 16, 1963
    Nordhorn, Gerpany (UPI) – French “birdman” Gerard Masselin Sunday crashed to his death when his triangular parachute failed to unfold during a stunt aviation performance. Masselin, whose brother lost his life in a similar accident a few years back, had planned to make his jump for a television show. Masselin used to jump off planes with his self- constructed triangular parachute and open it just above the ground.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:29:00 / 01:50:16:00
    UN 3801 E

Comments (4)

  1. Unknown user says

    This clip actually incorporates two separate pieces of footage. The first shows an earlier, successful jump taken by Masselin.

    "Air to air of bird-man leaving small plane" - the aircraft is a French-registered Stampe SV.4C.

    The second piece of footage begins at 00:22, and was shot in September 1963. Here, Masselin jumps from an unidentified German-registered aircraft. The location for that piece of footage is Nordhorn, West Germany.

    This short newspaper report confirms some of that information.......


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  2. Unknown user says

    For some unknown reason, that above link won't work. However the news story I've tried to link to can be found on google by using the following search term:

    "gerard masselin" "nordhorn" "fell"

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  3. Unknown user says

    I think the unknown German reg'd AC is a Dornier Do 27.

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  4. Unknown user says

    He wasn't trying to achieve any record, it was just an exhibition jump. He was honoring and following the legacy of his late brother, Guy Masselin, who died in similar circunstances. His entire family was watching the jump.

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