Death-Defying Aerial Stunts of 1920s

There’s always someone who will find a creative way to make money off new technology. Airplanes proved to be wonderful for transportation and for waging war, but barnstormers saw their entertainment value, too. Performers walked around outside their planes, jumped from plane to plane, and came up with new stunts to please crowds. But wing-walking is one place you don’t learn from your mistakes, because you often don’t survive them. So many of these performers died that federal safety restrictions were put into place, and the shows all but died out. All that is left of that era are the photographs, many of which are in the post at Environmental Graffiti. Link

(Image source: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives)