Barn Stormers and Cloud Busters
During the pioneering years of aviation when it was considered more of a sport than a business, Erie County became a Mecca for pilots and planes. Beginning with dirigibles, then as "aeroplanes" developed, barnstormers performed for the pleasure and amazement of the audience below. Those early aviators dove and spiraled, raced and looped, competed to set records, and often defied the laws of nature. Also flying were the Cloud Busters who flew for the fun and the love of it. Oh, it was a glorious, exciting time, filled with wonder and danger. World War II put an end to much of it but some of those glory days returned after the war.
Location: Lincoln Community Center Library—1255 Manchester Rd. Erie, Pa 16505.
Date/Time: Monday, July 11 @ 6 p.m.
Parking: lot in front of building
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Sabina Shields Freeman holds a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University.
Freeman currently has several books in print about people and places in the Erie area. Her first book was about Erie city and county women, Erie History the Women’s Story, which she co-authored with Margaret Tenpas in 1982 for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Freemans’ books are available through the Fairview Area Historical Society, the Erie County Historical Society, two local bookstores and her website: hiflightpress.com.
Freeman has contributed articles to several historical magazines and is currently working on a comprehensive biography of Girard’s circus showman Dan Rice.