Thursday, September 12, 2013

Old photo of the week: Wing Walker

This picture is of Gladys Ingle, a wing walker, sometime in the 1920s. A Wing Walking when a pilot or passenger of a biplane would leave the safe confines of the cockpit and walk around on the wing, usually doing stunts. In the early days they did not wear a parachute, and had no other forms of safety gear or harnesses. In this photograph, Gladys is preparing to transfer in midair from the wing  of one airplane to another, but she also did stunts such as riding on the wing of one plane while shooting arrows at a target attached to another. She was pretty darn cool. This photo came from Old Picture of the Day. If you want to see footage of Gladys in action, I've included a video below! Enjoy!

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