Clay Adams and the American Barnstormers Re-Capture the Golden Age
Between World War I and World War II, civil aviation experienced an extraordinary surge in both technological advancements and daring accomplishments. From Lindbergh’s heroic flight across the North Atlantic to Jimmy Doolittle’s development of instrument flight, this “Golden Age of Aviation” ignited the public’s curiosity and introduced the world to the “unimaginable.” There was, however, no greater introduction than the barnstormers.
After WWI, the U.S. federal government sold off surplus Curtiss JN-4’s, allowing experienced servicemen to purchase their own planes. Eager to share their newfound skills, these revolutionary barnstormers flew across the country, exhibiting their abilities and offering curious crowds the opportunity to experience flight for the first time. As the phenomenon grew, an incredible transformation occurred: aviation came alive, not just for pilots, but also for the inspired participants below.
It is this great age that Clay Adams hopes to evoke once again in the American public. As founder of the “American Barnstorming Tour,” he and fellow barnstormers travel across the country to provide an experience that few in the modern technological age ever encounter: flight as only the aviation pioneers of the “Golden Age” ever knew. The barnstormers, equipped with period costumes and vintage props, will visit Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota on their third biannual tour in 2010.
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