Blimp Tows Aquaplane to Give Latest Aquatic Thrill (Jul, 1931) (Jul, 1931)

Blimp Tows Aquaplane to Give Latest Aquatic Thrill
HITCH hiking behind the Goodyear blimp Volunteer is the latest form of water sport for thrill seekers on the California bathing beaches. One of the most ardent devotees of the sport is Elmer Peck, of Long Beach, holder of the world’s record for endurance on an aquaplane. He is shown in the accompanying photo stunting on an aquaplane in tow of the Volunteer which is flying low over the water at a clip of 60 miles per hour. Stunting like this demands the utmost in nerve and skill.

  1. hans says: January 9, 20107:31 am

    Is it just me or Is Elmer surfing on his own head?

  2. Firebrand38 says: January 9, 201011:39 am

    Well unless he’s a giraffe I’d say those were his feet. It does say that he’s “stunting” on his aquaplane.

    Here is a clearer photo of Mr Peck doing the same stunt https://www.sandiegohis…

    And it’s not surfing.

  3. hans says: January 10, 201011:24 am

    Sorry, the painted-in water splashes had me confused.
    Also sorry for incorrect terminology. “Aquaplaning”?

  4. Firebrand38 says: January 10, 20101:54 pm

    hans: Let me clear up any confusion. Those things sticking up in the air above the painted-in water splashes are called “feet”.

  5. hans says: January 16, 20104:49 am

    So Elmer Peck was in fact NOT a giraffe?
    That’s a major disappointment…

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