Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gladys Ingles and the 13 Black Cats

 Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe in the 1920s. She was a “wing walker.” In this film, she shows her fearlessness in a classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main wheels. Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as “Up She Goes,” a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack. In the video, Gladys transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing its main gear tire. She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage, only a few feet from a spinning prop, and replaces the missing gear tire.

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