High Flying Lion Trainer

Newspaper account of crash

My post, “How to Train Women,” describes the unflattering thoughts and the laughable attitude towards women, of Capt. Robert Bailie – Lion Trainer. This self-proclaimed master of beast and beauty, shares his Neanderthal wisdom in his “best seller” Taming ‘em!!! – A Lion Trainer’s Views On Handling Women.

Included on the books dust cover is the mention of one of our fearless authors brushes with death. It recounts, that as a student pilot, he was forced to leap from an out of control plane that was about to crash into a Manhattan skyscraper.

More hubris, or reality?

It turns out to be the truth. I found this November 22, 1929 article from the Pictorial News of the Day magazine. It shows the crumpled aircraft surrounded by police, including NYC Police Commissioner Whalen.


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7 Responses to High Flying Lion Trainer

  1. bdbsworldBobby March 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    That is my grandfather

    • Bart Ingraldi March 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      He was certainly a colorful guy and in his day truly a “man’s man.” Outside of writing and flying, how else did he occupy his time? I’d love to hear more.

  2. GP Cox August 14, 2016 at 11:20 am #


    • Bart Ingraldi August 14, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

      Yeah. Could you imagine finding a publisher today with a manuscript like that!

  3. Bart Ingraldi November 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks for your kind words, I appreciate them.


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