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Dick Grace (Richard Virgil Grace) (1 October 1898 – 25 June 1965) was born in Morris, Minnesota and was an early stunt pilot who specialized in crashing planes for films. Films that he appeared in include Sky Bride, The Lost Squadron, Lilac Time and Wings

He served in both world wars, bombing Germany, as a B-17 Flying Fortress co-pilot with the 486th Bombardment Group. After the Second World War, he operated a charter business in South America. He was married to Crystine Francis Malstrom, a stage actress who appeared in Abie's Irish Rose. He was the author of several books, including Squadron of Death, Crash Pilot, I am still alive, and Visibility Unlimited. Grace was one of the few stunt pilots who died of old age

"Dick Grace made his living crashing planes for the movies between WWI and WWII, and this book tells of those 47 crashes. (He died of natural causes--emphysema?--in his 60s.) No ILM visual effects here: he had to really crash wood-and-fabric airplanes as the scripts required, so he had to make the airplane and its crash target survivable for himself. Must hit the ground straight down at 110mph...must crash into a barn so that the whole airplane disappears into the barn... informative about its topic and era, reasonably well written, different from most of what's in bookstores... but this'll tell you a little about "Crash Pilot" and perhaps help increase or decrease your interest. (With a little poking you can find a little about Dick Grace on the internet.) -unknown
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