Item #64450 Rocky Mountain Flying Circus. Salt Lake City, Utah. Stunt Flying By Tommie Thompson... Parachute Jump and and Wing Walking by Art Smertz, America's Wrestling Aviator... Because of their Uniformity, High Quality and Dependability we are exclusive users of Texaco Oils and Gasoline Made by The Texas Company. Poster, Utah, Aviation, Stunt Airplanes, Airplane Disasters.
Rocky Mountain Flying Circus. Salt Lake City, Utah. Stunt Flying By Tommie Thompson... Parachute Jump and and Wing Walking by Art Smertz, America's Wrestling Aviator... Because of their Uniformity, High Quality and Dependability we are exclusive users of Texaco Oils and Gasoline Made by The Texas Company

Rocky Mountain Flying Circus. Salt Lake City, Utah. Stunt Flying By Tommie Thompson... Parachute Jump and and Wing Walking by Art Smertz, America's Wrestling Aviator... Because of their Uniformity, High Quality and Dependability we are exclusive users of Texaco Oils and Gasoline Made by The Texas Company

[Circa early 1920s]. Poster. Poster printed in red and black, measuring 16" wide by 38" tall. With a 9" closed tear at the head, and general light creasing. Very Good. Item #64450

"PASSENGER FLIGHTS. Those who wish an airplane ride will have the opportunity throughout the day at the local aviation field. Your opportunity to ride with an experienced pilot. Tommie Thompson has been flying over the entire United States for a period of eight years without a single serious accident."

Art Smertz was a 1920s wrestler in Utah. Not much is known about Smertz.

In the top photo on the poster, Tommie Thompson is flying a Texaco-sponsored aircraft. The photographic depiction of him in his aviator hat and goggles is housed in the Museum of Flight Digital Collections (from the Clyde Pangborn Collection). The verso of a photograph states, "Tommy Thompson. He is up around Salt Lake now I think. He left us a year ago. With Gates Flying Circus 1923-1924. Flew air mail between Salt Lake and Cheyenne. UAL pilot 1933-1937. Crashed DC3 at S.F. International Airport 2/10/37. All aboard killed." This horrible crash was the subject of the book "United Airlines DC-3 Crashes into San Francisco Bay" by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. The publisher writes, "Among those killed on the United flight was macaroni millionaire Mark Fontana who had tried vainly to swim to safety." The report of the Accident Board of the Bureau of Air Commerce lists the pilot's name as "A. R. Thompson." The report closes with the following remarks, "It is the opinion of the Accident Board that the probable cause of this accident was accidental jamming of the elevator controls as the result of a microphone being inadvertently dropped and lodging in such a position that the crew was unable to prevent rapid descent of the airplane."

Price: $500.00