Ivan Unger and Gladys Roy play tennis on top of a biplane.

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It was not long after the Wright Brothers’ historic first flight that people began attempting death-defying stunts on airplanes.

The first known instance of someone daring to walk on the wings of a plane in flight was actually a practical demonstration of the lateral stability of a particular model

U.S. Army Air Service Pilot Ormer Locklear had a habit of walking out onto the wings of his aircraft to make in-flight tuning and adjustments. He parlayed this talent into a lucrative career as a stunt pilot in the Locklear Flying Circus. Read more…

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Wing-walking on planes was not for the faint of heart