Jimmie Angel's Lucky Strike

The world’s tallest waterfall was revealed by a free-spirited pilot. It became a life-long passion, as Robin Evans recounts

 

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View taken at dawn on September 13, 2009 of the Angel Falls (Salto del Angel), the world's highest waterfall. With a height of 3,212ft, it was discovered by Jimmie Angel on October 9, 1937
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Angel Falls is the world’s tallest waterfall: a persistent, geographical nugget. Few would recall it drops almost a kilometre from a revered Venezuelan tabletop mountain, colourfully depicted in the 2009 animated Pixar film Up. Fewer still would appreciate that its name is not an allusion of size or spirituality, but of an unsung pilot who brought it to public attention in the 1930s.

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