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Heroes of the Sky




Lillian Boyer, "Empress of the Air"

Lillian’s daring stunts garnered many a headline in the local newspapers wherever she performed, claiming that she produced “more thrills a minute than any other aerial artist” and her stunts were “unsurpassed in daring by man or woman in the history of aviation!”

Lillian’s colorful career lasted until 1929, when federal regulations on low flying and unsafe planes forced her and many other barnstormers into retirement. In her eight-year career, Lillian performed 352 shows, in 41 states and Canada. She was most famous for wing-walking, but she also made 143 automobile-to-plane changes and 37 parachute jumps—13 of which landed her (a non-swimmer!) in Lake Erie.

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