This Day in the Yesteryear: SUSPICIOUS AIRSHOW ACCIDENT KILLS AVIATOR B. H. DELAY (1923)

Suspicious Airshow Accident Kills Aviator B. H. DeLay (1923)

Just two decades after the Wright brothers produced the first manned, power-driven plane, aviator B. H. DeLay started performing stunt-filled airshows. His repertoire included tail spins, barrel rolls, and loop-the-loops, and he went on to execute air stunts in more than 50 films. At age 31, DeLay died in an airshow plane crash. In the midst of a loop, the wings of his plane folded back, and it plummeted to the ground. After the crash, there were rumors of sabotage. Who was the leading suspect? More… Discuss

 

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