“Up! Down! Flying around
Looping the loop and defying the ground
They’re all, frightfully keen
Those magnificent men in their flying machines
They can fly upside down with their feet in the air
They don’t think of danger
They really don’t care”
So go the lyrics to the song “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines,” from the movie of the same name. The words aptly describe the aerial exploits of a group of stuntmen and stuntwomen who, during the 1920s, repeatedly risked their lives in a quest for thrills and entertainment; and, at the end of the day, to earn a living.