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Cap'n's Cabaret #81: Barnstormers and Wing-Walkers!

Beleive it or not, we're walking on air!  We never thought we could be so free!  Flying away on a wing and a prayer.  Who could it be?

Beleive it or not, it's just today's Cabaret!

Need to catch a plane?  We've found just the way here at the Cabaert. From wing walkers to barnstormers to aerobatic masters, the new and ever-proliferating airplane is allowing humans to take to the air like angels.  Death-defying stunts, air races, loops and flips and wingovers all bring gasps and cheers from the gathering crowds below.  Whether it's flying under a bridge, standing on the wings of a looping aircraft, changing a tire mid-flight, or climbing from plane to plane, these daredevils of the air are beyond compare, like some kind of flying super man or something [image from environmentalgraffiti.com].

And with each new exciting stunt performed there's a new kid determined to top it.   

Fancy a match of tennis? We can do that.  Lovely ladies doing the Charleston?  Got it covered.  Anything you can do we can do better...and a mile high!  [image from yellowairplane.com]

We just wish we had a way to send you all motion pictures of such amazing spectacles over the radio!

You can hardly blame the public for their excitement and facination with the airplane given these spectacles.  Barnum and Ziegfeld have nothing to compare with this.  And yes, kids, do not try this yourself!  To say these acts are dangerous is to say the Atlantic is a bit damp. 

The proliferation of the trusty Curtiss Jenny has allowed a whole new breed of barnstorming pilots to emerge. Modern-day gypsies who fly from town to town, charging for rides and bringing thrills to even the most remote of farm towns.  Of course not everyonw is happy with this.  A few liscensed transport pilots are worried this is both cutting into their business and making the airplane look too risky for daily travel or transport.  Others are concerned for individual and public safety should one of these planes crash during such a stunt.

 But we at the cabaret say "fly on"!  We know the risks...let us live life rather than fear death!



So, until such time as the fuddy-duddies rain on our aerial parade, it'll be Blue Skies here at the Cabaret, with special guests Ben Selvin and his orchestra performing the Irving Berlin hit.  Try to imagine some ace pilots looping across the skies to this.


And for that lovely young lady on the wingtip right now, we offer you a Maiden's Prayer.  Or we would, except, you know, Volstead...

So here's what you might consider, young lady, when that airplane takes you north of the border:


Maiden's Prayer Cocktail: (a.k.a. the "Between the Sheets" cocktail)

[image from voices.washingtonpost.com]

  • 3/4 oz Brandy
  • 3/4 oz Ligth Rum
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake well over ice.  Strain into cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.


And yes, listeners, do not try this delicious illegal cocktail at home from ingredients that guy you know sells either!  Or from that blind pig in the alley (you know the one).  Such things lead to exciting, sinful nights with beautiful, glamourous people, and nobody wants that, right?

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Comment by Larry on June 27, 2013 at 4:21pm

Well done, Cap'n.

Comment by Cap'n Tony on June 24, 2013 at 9:14am


Comment by Bendeguz Daniel Devenyi-Botos on June 24, 2013 at 6:48am

A delightful article as always :)

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