Mid-Air Airplane Repair (1924)
Gladys Ingle of the '13 Black Cats' changes planes and fixes new landing gear on disabled plane in mid-air.
The '13 Black Cats' were a company of flamboyant Los Angeles-based stunt pilots who defied both superstition and the odds on survival at Burdette Airport, Los Angeles in the 1920's.
Gladys Ingle was famous for shooting arrows at a target while standing on the top wing of a Curtiss Jenny--and for changing planes in mid-air.
The Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplane aircraft was built by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company in 1915.
Initially used as a training aircraft for the U.S. Army, it became the backbone of American post-war aviation.
Specs: Crew: 2 Length: 27 ft (8.33 m) Wingspan: 43 ft (13.3 m) Height: 9 ft (3.01 m) Max takeoff weight: 1920 lb (871 kg) Powerplant: Curtis OX-5 V8 piston, 90 hp (67 kW) Maximum speed: 75 mph (65 kn, 121 km/h) Cruise speed: 60 mph (97 km/h) Service ceiling: 6,500 ft (2,000 m) Unit cost $5,465.
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