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Garver Flying Circus

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Date: 1922

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: TL.500 Gar.E *6

Unit ID: 216657

Summary: This black and white photograph shows members of the Garver Flying Circus. Standing from left to right: Ruth Garver, "Champion Lady Pararchute Jumper", Karl Garver and to the far right, Paul Duncan the group's wingwalker. The Garver Flying Circus, established between 1920 and 1921 by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.

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Title (Main title): Garver Flying Circus


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