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Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Barnstorming was a form of entertainment in which stunt pilots performed aerial acrobatics, such as the barrel roll and loop the loops. Some barnstormers specialized as aerialists, performing daredevil feats while aloft. Such feats included wing-walking, mid-air plane transfers, and stunt parachuting, among others. Barnstormers performed both individually or in groups called flying circuses. Barnstorming was unique in that it was not just male or white. In fact, many women and people of color gained fame, including Bessie Coleman, Katherine Stinson, and the Five Blackbirds (an all-Black stunt pilot group). It was most popular during most of the 1920s, prior to safety regulations passed in 1927. Many notable pilots were barnstormers, including Tex Johnston, Charles Lindbergh, and Harriet Quimby.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Clyde Pangborn Collection

Identifier: 2005-12-27
Abstract Clyde Edward Pangborn (circa 1890s-1958) was born in Bridgeport, Washington and was a military pilot and barnstormer. The collection contains photographs and illustrations, correspondence, advertisements, newspaper clippings, a date book, military service records, and ephemera related to the Pangborn's personal life, military service, and barnstorming career from approximately 1912 to 1981.

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