Now, for all you adventurous folk, take a look at this and tell me if you think ANYBODY, today, would do this for a living:
Mid-air repair...by a woman 1924
Hard to believe that stunts such as these used to be accomplished frequently. Does anyone recall the air-to-air refueling 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 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
She died at age 82. Click on the link below.......
Just READING the above account makes my hands and feet break out in a sweat. I can hardly bear to watch the video. My heart would literally pound itself to death if I were forced to try this job. Uff da!