Stunt Man LOOPS Loop on Skate Sled (Jul, 1935)
Stunt Man LOOPS Loop on Skate Sled
LOOPING the loop on a roller skate sled holds no terrors for Fred A. Deline, Los Angeles acrobat.
Mr. Deline, who often doubled for the late Lon Chaney when the movie script required the services of an acrobatic stunt man, straps a four-wheeled sled to his back, shoulders and legs. The vehicle is padded to reduce the shock of the sudden impact. The stunt man’s head is protected by a helmet-like hood attached to the framework of the sled.
To perform the stunt, perfect timing is essential. With the apparatus on his back, he slides down the sharply-inclined chute, spins once in the air and lands feet-first on the springboard.