Ethel “Ethel Dare” <I>Gilmore</I> Johnson

Ethel “Ethel Dare” Gilmore Johnson

Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
Death 15 Nov 1924 (aged 28)
Cassopolis, Cass County, Michigan, USA
Burial Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 25856650 · View Source
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Aviatrix (also known as wing walker, entertainer)

Born Ethel Gilmore, she answered an ad in 1917 to do stunts jumping off the wing of an airplane. She is the first woman to change airplanes in the air and she is the second person in the world to change airplanes in the air.

During her career, she made over 500 parachute descensions and 30 plane changes. She also dropped from an airplane into water, but that may have been when the pilot dumped her there when she could not pull herself back up. Headlines in May 1920 said “Ethel Dare Got a Ducking” and “Aviatrix is Dropped Into River When Her Daring Trick Fails.”

She is known worldwide as: Queen of the Air, Gamest Girl in the World, Tiny Parachute Artist, and Lady Anomar, which is Ramona backwards – the location of her first jump. One news article said Ethel made “two of the most perfect” balloon descensions “ever known at Nashville during a fair.” She often performed at state fairs nationwide.

She also contributed to the development of aviation by testing parachutes.

She narrowly escaped death in 1922, but was not as lucky in her last air show. Ethel was performing her wing-walking tricks when she fell – newspapers say it was a 700 feet to 1,000 feet fall – when the new parachute she was testing failed to open.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 25856650
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ethel “Ethel Dare” Gilmore Johnson (20 Jan 1896–15 Nov 1924), Find a Grave Memorial no. 25856650, citing Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Lisa (contributor 47372364) .