Beachey Oldfield ticket
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Early pilots earned income by demonstrating flight to paying audiences. As the novelty wore off, people expected more of a show so promoters added races and stunt flying. Lincoln Beachey was considered by many, including Orville Wright, as the greatest stunt pilot of the pre -World War I era. He earned fame by diving down and picking up a scarf from the ground with the tip of one wing and by flying over Niagara Falls and then under the suspension bridge below before a crowd of 150,000. He teamed with famed race car driver Barney Oldfield in staged races between his Curtiss bi-plane and OldfieldÂ’s Fiat racer. This ticket stub is from one such show in Los Angeles in 1914.

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Beachey Oldfield ticket

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Beachey Oldfield ticket

Library of Congress photo, 1912

Library of Congress photo, 1914

 

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