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.......