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Old 06-25-2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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Midair repair by a woman in 1924

Received this in an email and thought I would share it. More guts than most people I know. I couldn't do it.

Hard to believe that stunts such as these used to be accomplished frequently. Does anyone recall the air-to-air re-fueling of one biplane to another using a long hose? Those people had to be either fearless or just plain crazy!

This woman has more guts than a sausage factory.

Take a look at this film. Fabulous footage , although grainy due to time and bad equipment in those days compared to today, but what nerve this gal had. Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920's. Ingles was a wing walker; in this film, she shows her fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main landing gear 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 film, Ingles transfers herself - without a parachute -
from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear tire.
She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning propeller. It's certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn't even try on the ground with the engine running. She died at age 82. Click on the link below.......

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-If you look close you will see there was a camera on the crippled aircraft. This was a staged stunt. But never the less a very brave women.

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What a gutsy women. Hats off to such people who dare and go beyond limits setting off examples for years to come.
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Yes, probably staged. However that gal hung onto those struts like she was doing it on the ground. Rushing air makes this very tough to do. Also, kudos to the incredibly steady stick control of the pilots. Notice as her weight transfers to the "crippled" plane's wing how the pilot was able to correct for the change in wing loading. Both pilots had to be ready for the weight change. Since this was before changeable pitch props, the pilots had to be tweaking engine RPM constantly to keep the wing tips aligned.

I'm very impressed with the skills of all these folks.
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