Death in the Skies
The Rise and Shocking Fall of Ormer Locklear, America’s First Aerial Daredevil
A late-spring afternoon in 1919. Two Curtiss biplanes droned high above the 5,000 spectators filling the grandstand of Sheepshead Bay Race Track, New York.
After a demonstration of aerobatics, including “looping the loop” and flying upside down, the moment had arrived for the…