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Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers

Mary Connors - The Human Cannonball

Mary Connors is best known for what she failed to achieve. She repeatedly tried to cross the River Avon by being fired across it in a cannon, and she kept ending up in the river.

She first tried in 1974, and failed three times in a row. When she then tried to cross the river using a rope and pulley, the pulley jammed, sending her once again into the water.

She tried again in 1976. Once again, she ended up swimming. I think, overall, she made five failed attempts, and never succeeded.

Another highlight of her career was that in 1975 she performed the human cannonball act topless, and she did get that right.

You can watch a video of her first failed attempt at crossing the Avon over at the MACE archive (media archive for central England), but the clip isn't embeddable, so you'll need to actually go to the site to view it.

Mary Connors - 1974



The 1974 attempt



San Rafael Daily Independent Journal - Aug 28, 1974



Asbury Park Press - June 6, 1975



The Bryan Eagle - Jan 25, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 28, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, 1970s

Emma Harbin, the Dixie Eagle

Not only was she one of the earliest women aviators, but she also helped her husband run a tourist court and dairy! (Lots of great fotos at the link.)



Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 28, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Regionalism, Air Travel and Airlines, Hotels, Twentieth Century

Motorized Skis



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 16, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Chindogu, 1950s

Rossa Richter, the First Human Cannonball



Not generally cited in the sterling list of accomplishments by women throughout history.

A small article.

Her Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 20, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Human Marvels, Women, Nineteenth Century

Sky Riders



Probably the apex of the hang-glider craze.

Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day. After failed attempts to capture them back by the police, Ellen's ex husband enters the fray and plans his own rescue attempt. James Coburn plays McCabe, Ellen's ex-husband who hires a crew of professional hang gliders to help him rescue her and the kids from the terrorist's mountain top lair.


Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 03, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Crime, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, 1970s

Zorbing










Home page here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 04, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death

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