Angel Falls


Angle Falls is the world’s highest free-falling waterfall at 979 m (3,212 ft) with an uninterrupted drop of 807 m (2,648 ft) lying in the Canada National Park in Venezuela. In total, it is 15 times higher than Niagara Falls! The falls are one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions. The waterfall was unknown to the Western world until James Crawford Angel, a barnstorming bush pilot from Missouri first saw the falls in 1933 while searching for a valuable ore bed. The falls are named after him.

 The Angel Falls plunges off the edge of a “tepui”, or table-top mountain, and free falls to the river below, making it the tallest waterfall on Earth.

In 1937, Jimmie returned to the falls, his second wife, Marie,Gustavo Henry and Miguel Delgado also aboard his jittery, fixed-wing plane. Although Jimmie landed his plane successfully on Auyan-tepu’s heart-shaped summit, the plane’s wheels became submerged in mud, and Jimmie’s aircraft remained marooned atop the mountain until 1970.


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