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After World War 1 ended in 1918 there were a lot of ex-military pilots in the United States who wanted to keep doing what they loved-- soaring among the clouds.

Fortunately for those pilots there were also a lot of airplanes that were surplus to the needs of the military, and they were for sale cheap. Most were training aircraft, like the Curtiss Jenny and Standard J-1, and these machines became the backbone of what was called barnstorming, after the travelling theater troupes of the 19th Century.

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While some pilots found work flying in Hollywood for the movies, and some flew for the Air Mail, most bought a surplus Curtiss or Standard for a few hundred dollars, and set out to sell aviation to the masses.

The barnstormers did a lot of crazy things to attract customers-- wing walking, car to plane transfers using rope ladders, and various other spectacular stunts.  By the mid-1920s the Civil Aviation Administration was born to regulate aviation and make it more safe

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With the increased regulation and emphasis on safety it was time to scrap the old war surplus aircraft, and new manufacturers like Waco and Travel Air started to make a name for themselves.  These new types were so rugged and reliable that we still use them for barnstorming today!
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