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The Barnstormers: Flying Daredevils of the Roaring Twenties
The Barnstormers Flying Daredevils of the Roaring Twenties Author:Don Dwiggins One of the most colorful and important stories in the history of aviation centers around an astonishing group of birdmen-- the Barnstormers. These were the madcap daredevils who once entertained and electrified audiences all over the U.S. with their death-defying feats in the skies. — Barnstorming, which began when aviation was yung, entered its ... more »golden era after World War I. Thousands of military pilots had returned to civilian life with no trade but flying. When the government began selling war-surplus planes for $600, many of the ex-war birds bought them and became barnstormers. These flying fools of the air looped, rolled, and stunted their way across the country, luring the brave and the curious among the townfolk to local cow pastures for airplane rides at $1.50 per passenger.
Author Don Dwiggin, who knows this story as few do, tells it with warmth, affection, and humor. The unusual photographs-- many of them rare-- have been gathered from private and public collections.« less