Through the 1976 Nationwide Air Races at Mojave, a stuntman going by the nickname the “The Human Fly twice appeared atop a DC-eight piloted by properly-recognized pilot Clay Lacy. After the primary efficiency, employees author Reggie Smith reported within the June 20, 1976, Los Angeles Occasions:

The person appeared visibly frightened as aides strapped his legs and chest to the aeronautical brace atop the DC-eight jetliner. The brace was to be his solely help in the course of the 15-minute flight.

He smiled and waved to the gang under. A number of the spectators appeared up in amazement as their cameras clicked away.

He had billed himself because the “Human Fly,” the best daredevil that ever lived, and promised to show it by driving on the highest of a jet flying at speeds of greater than 200 m.p.h. at one hundred ft above floor.

Wearing a purple-and-white jumpsuit, white cape and pink platform footwear, The Fly wore a masks.

“The Fly needs to stay nameless as a result of he doesn’t need to draw consideration to himself,” stated David Levin, his promotional agent.

Levin claimed The Fly was the sufferer of an vehicle accident which “60% of his physique” was changed with metal elements.

“Because of The Fly’s hospital expertise, he says he’ll donate a considerable portion of his earnings to a recognizable charity,” Levin stated.

Lastly, every part was prepared earlier than the assembled crowd of hundreds Saturday on the annual California Nationwide Air Races at Mojave.

Because the aircraft was airborne, The Fly gestured together with his palms. First, the signal of the cross, then a clinched fist and eventually, because the aircraft headed towards the runway, the victory signal.

When the aircraft landed, Fly was rushed away for a medical checkup, the place the physician gave him the OK to see members of the press.

“It was a terrific feeling up there,” stated the 29-yr-previous masked man. “I’m the best daredevil on the planet.

“The one drawback I had up there was with my helmet,” he stated. “A bit got here off through the flight.

“I’m going to be round for an extended whereas but,” he added. “Simply sit up for seeing the best daredevil that ever lives.”

He’s scheduled to repeat the stunt as we speak.

After the second flight on Sunday, June 20, the Human Fly carried out one further flight in Texas. In 1977, he tried a motorbike bounce over 26 buses at Montreal Olympic Stadium. He landed brief, crashed and suffered a number of accidents.

After the 1977 leap, the Human Fly — later recognized as Rick Rojatt — retired and disappeared from public life.

The aviation information web site AVweb has posted on YouTube an excellent interview with pilot Clay Lacy concerning the DC-eight stunt.

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