Monday, April 2, 2012
B is for ....Barnstorming! We look back at barnstorming in a romantic adventurous sense, but how was it welcomed at that time? Certainly many were amazed at the airplanes and the pilots with their daredevil stunts. On the other hand, how many farmers were outraged to have an airplane fly over their barn? Did the farm animals stampede? Did the milk cows dry up? Did the hens quit laying for a week? Did the horses scatter to parts unknown and take hours of searching to locate? Were there anti barnstorming movements? How many barns were demolished? How many people were injured when their horse bolted or a herd of cows ran them over? In this day and age, I don't think farmers would take kindly to a noisy strange flying contraption flying as low as possible over their barn. Did any barnstormers get shot at? Did they always call ahead beforehand and get permission to storm a barn? Just random thoughts about on B for barnstorming!