Barnstorming was a popular form of entertainment in the 1920s in which stunt pilots would perform tricks with airplanes, often in groups as a flying circus.


These aerialists or "barnstormers" as they became known performed almost any trick or feat with an airplane that people could imagine. Barnstorming was also the first major form of civil aviation in the history of flight.


For many pilots and stunt people, barnstorming provided an exciting and invigorating way to make a living as well as a challenging outlet for their creativity and showmanship.









Bergenfield N.J. When the weather gets to hot for comfort Billy Bomar of the Howard Flying Circus Goes up for plane ride where he can take advantage of cooling breeze on wing of plane. 


He is shown performing stunt 1000 feet in the air as spectators below held their breaths.  July 1, 1929






ROOSEVELT FIELD L.I. Billy Bomar and Banda Strolarska of the Howard Flying Circus scampering around the wings of an airplane high above the ground as they playfully indulge in the latest aviation sport, "AIR TAG."


They are rehearsing for the Aerial Circus to be held at Roosevelt Field, Saturday August 17, 1929




All information is the property of Sideshow World & their respective authors. 

Any republication in part or in whole is strictly prohibited.  For more information please contact us here.


Back to the Good Old Days      Back to Main


All photos are the property of their respective owners whether titled or marked anonymous.

"Sideshow WorldTM" is the sole property of John Robinson   All rights reserved.

is the sole property of John Robinson All rights reserved.

E-Mail Sideshow World     E-Mail The Webmaster