From the Archives: The Human Fly atop a DC-8

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During the 1976 National Air Races at Mojave, a stuntman going by the nickname the “The Human Fly twice appeared atop a DC-8 piloted by well-known pilot Clay Lacy. After the first performance, staff writer Reggie Smith reported in the June 20, 1976, Los Angeles Times:

The man looked visibly worried as aides strapped his legs and chest to the aeronautical brace atop the DC-8 jetliner. The brace was to be his only support during the 15-minute flight.

He smiled and waved to the crowd below. Some of the spectators looked up in amazement as their cameras clicked away.

He had billed himself as the “Human Fly,” the greatest daredevil that ever lived, and promised to prove it by riding on the top of a jet flying at speeds of more than 200 m.p.h. at 100 feet above ground.


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