Category Archives: Stunt Flying

Julia Clark – The Daring Bird Girl

Julia Clark: December 21, 1880 in London, England, Great Britain – June 17, 1912 in Springfield, Illinois, United States of America. The one true thing I can state about Julia Clark, is that she was a pioneer pilot. The second … Continue reading

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Leona Dare In The Air Up There

There are a lot of “maybe’s” and “postulating” within this particular article. I was glancing through the August 2017 magazine edition of Smithsonian, spying the cover story on “The New American Circus” but was more caught up in the “poster … Continue reading

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Daredevils Play Tennis In Sky – 1925

Above we see a classic 1925 photograph of Gladys Roy and Ivan Unger playing a game of tennis on the wings of a bi-plane above Los Angeles. Now regular readers will know I can’t just leave things at that. Who … Continue reading

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Katherine Stinson – The Flying Schoolgirl

Known as the Flying Schoolgirl, Katherine Stinson became just the fourth woman in the U.S. to earn her pilot’s license on July 24, 1912. Born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1891 in Fort Payne, Alabama, America’s sweetheart (look at that … Continue reading

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The Great Japanese Aviation Postcard Mystery

I really love solving mysteries. I’m not very good at solving them via books – a credit to the writers, but I’m a curiouser and curiouser kindda guy. I like to know something about everything and if possible know everything … Continue reading

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Caudron R.4 – WWI French Aeroplane

The image above is a World War I era postcard depicting a good landing back when the old adage of “Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing” had real meaning. I suppose that adage holds true … Continue reading

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First Canadian Parachute Jump 1888

Some of the facts I have uncovered make me wonder if, as is claimed, Canadians saw the first parachute jump in their country ON September 4, 1888 as the Internet evidence says. Here’s the story: On this date, September 4, … Continue reading

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Mecca Cigarettes 1910 Aviation Cards

Mecca Cigarettes was, at one time, a tobacco brand that published numerous trading cards that were inserted in their packs of cigarettes, including baseball cards, boxers, and other sporting figures. Named after the holy city of Mecca where the prophet … Continue reading

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The First Aeroplane Landing On A Ship

Hopefully you all read the first part of this blog about the First Aeroplane Take-off From a Ship – HERE – that was performed by aviation pioneer Eugene Burton Ely on November 5, 1910. Briefly, Ely was attempting to show … Continue reading

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The First Aeroplane Take-off From A Ship

Meet Eugene Burton Ely (October 21, 1886 – October 19, 1911) – the first man to fly a plane off a ship. Born in Williamsburg, Iowa but raised in Davenport, IA., his early years are rather unspectacular, but he did … Continue reading

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