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Old Posted Jul 11, 2012, 4:17 PM
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Edit. After the first group of photographs were posted I discovered the recent LA Times article quoted below. It is uncertain whether all the photographs were the result of a single photographer, George Watson. A few of the source notes suggest that they may have also been part of a Popular Mechanics article.

"Dec. 14, 1920: Stunt pilot Frank Clarke flies an aircraft off the 10-story Railway Building in downtown Los Angeles during filming for the movie “Stranger Than Fiction.”
Under the headline “Aviator Jumps Off Building,” the Los Angeles Times reported the next day:
Frank Clark (later Clarke), 22-year-old stunt aviator, yesterday ‘jumped’ off the 10-story Los Angeles Railway Building at 11th Street and Broadway and thereby pioneered the airway for the tired businessmen who would get home early.
Clark’s plane a J.N. 4 Curtiss, equipped with a L-4 Liberty motor developing 150 horsepower, with a wingspan of 43 feet, is said to be much larger than any biplane that ever hopped off a battleship’s deck.
The intrepid aviator had his plane clear of the building before it had gone 90 feet….
…At the time the plane left the edge of the roof it was going about 90 miles an hour.
The stunt was filmed for the Katherine MacDonald Pictures Corp. movie titled “It Could Happen.” The movie, with Clarke’s aviation stunt, was released in 1921 as “Stranger Than Fiction.”
Clarke went on to a career as a stunt pilot and actor in several Hollywood movies. Clarke was the chief pilot for the 1930 film “Hell’s Angels” by director Howard Hughes. He died in a non-job-related plane accident in 1948.
Los Angeles Times staff photographer George Watson took these three images of Clarke’s take-off. . . . . . "


Photos labeled: "Clark, Hester, Mark Campbell, Wally Timm and others with airplane on top of Los Angeles building, 21Dec20"

"Taking off from the building":

11th Street and Broadway, "Railway Building":

Last edited by BifRayRock; Jul 15, 2012 at 3:47 AM.
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