Hermann Geiger ( October 27th, 1914 - August 26th, 1966 ) was born in Sion ( Valais, Switzerland ). His love of flying began at the age of 10 when he went to an aviation club for the first time. He began working as a mechanic when he was 15 at a garage. He built his own glider and took gliding lessons as a young man.
In 1940, Hermann Geiger trained to become a police officer, giving flying lessons in his spare time. He was the first man to land his plane on Kanderfirm, a 7,800 foot glacier in Switzerland. He modified his Piper plane with retractable metal skies, enabling him, after much practice, to land on glaciers and mountains where most would not dare. On July 16th, 1953, he also successfully landed on the summit of Monte Rosa glacier.
Known as the " Eagle from Sion " or " King of Mountain Pilots ", Hermann Geiger was a world - renowned Gletscherpilot and one of the founders of the Swiss Air Rescue ( Rega ). He led more than 600 daring rescues with his single - engine Piper PA - 18 through the high mountains.
On August 26th, 1966, he was flying with a student at the Sion airport when they collided with a glider. Hermann Geiger died from injuries as a result of the accident.
( source : Wikipedia )