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World War I-era aerialists turned aviation upside down

Posted Nov. 11, 2016

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November’s Fort Worth Flashback focuses on the region’s rich aviation history.

This page from an album dedicated to World War I flyers who completed flight training or instruction in the Dallas-Fort Worth area celebrates Tilford W. “Dusty” Rhoads.

The page describes an idea Rhoads and a friend had to fly a Jenny plane upside down, which unfortunately ended with Rhoads hanging from “his belt in midair, upside down, with oil and water from the engine hitting him in the face.”

He somehow managed to right the plane and land safely. His friend decided against trying it himself until Dusty forced him up there, too.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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