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#1 cwnorma

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:08 AM

Most collectors have seen the movie; "The Great Waldo Pepper."  Did you know that Waldo Pepper was inspired by a real person?  

 

Ormer Locklear was a; pilot, flight Instructor, barnstormer, wing-walker, stuntman, and Hollywood actor.  Like his fictionalized counterpart Waldo Pepper, Locklear was a talented and fearless pilot who never served overseas and longed to test his mettle against an equal adversary.

 

Locklear wore wings made by G. W Haltom of Fort Worth, Texas:

 

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Ormer Locklear.  He wears a G.W. Haltom RMA badge and flight instructor wings on both sleeves, with 3 stateside (silver) service chevrons.  The Ormer Locklear Collection in The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. https://texashistory...lections/ORMLC/accessed June 8, 2019.

 



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:12 AM

Ormer Locklear wore wings made by George.W. Haltom of Fort Worth Texas:

 

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G.W. Haltom Wings

 

Haltom was the premier jeweler of Fort Worth and successful real estate investor and developer.  Haltom City, TX is named for G. W. Haltom



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:15 AM

Ormer Locklear's Hollywood "glamor shot" (again he wears G.W. Haltom wings)

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:24 AM

One of the most interesting photographs of Locklear is this image of him and Lt Shirley Short.  In the photo, both men wear Sam Browne belts on their Uniforms.  Neither man served overseas.

 

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Somewhere I have read that Flight Instructors in the United States were granted authorization to wear Sam Browne belts.  For the life of me though, I have not been able to re-find the reference.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:27 AM

Another image of Locklear, again wearing a Sam Brown.  Probably taken some time in 1919.  His G.W. Haltom wings are visible on his uniform.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:34 AM

After the war, Locklear broke into Hollywood:

 

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Locklear on the left.

 

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Publicity image from the movie; "The Great Air Robbery."



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:40 AM

Tragically, Locklear was killed filming a stunt for a Hollywood movie.  There is some controversy as to whether the director left kleiglights trained on Locklear's plane for too long, blinding him and ultimately causing his crash.

 

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The violence of Locklear's crash ripped apart the OX-5 Engine in his Airplane.

 

 



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:49 AM

Quite famous in his day, Locklear's funeral was attended by many in the military and Hollywood.  The inspiration for the fictional character in the movie "The Great Waldo Pepper,"  Locklear's troubled life was cut short by a tragic accident.

 

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Ormer Locklear

 

Higher resolution versions of the photos above can all be found:

 

The Ormer Locklear Collection in The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. https://texashistory...lections/ORMLC/accessed June 8, 2019.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:47 PM

Outstanding posting Chris! Interesting stuff from soooo many prespectives! I've never seen Flight Instructor wings displayed on both sleeves before? Eye opening images too...

Edited by rustywings, 09 June 2019 - 02:41 AM.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:56 PM

Very interesting topic, thank you.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 04:21 PM

Great information.  Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:34 PM

Very nice Chris. Nice post

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 07:34 AM

Great photos !

 

 

 

 

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#14 cwnorma

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 07:48 AM

Blowing up the image of Locklear's Haltom wing, you quickly run out of detail.  There is enough though that you can clearly make out his G.W. Haltom wing:

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 08:11 AM

Great images!

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 08:42 AM

The photograph of Lieutenants Short and Locklear reveals even more interesting details when examined up close.  

 

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Lieutenant Shirley Short and Lieutenant Ormer Locklear

 

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Lt Short (left) appears to be wearing an embroidered badge.  Lt Locklear (right) wears his G.W. Haltom badge.  Close examination of Lt Short's badge reveals a somewhat unusual "flared" shield.  There is just enough definition to the photo that it is apparent Lt Short's RMA badge is of the pin-on variety.

 

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A pin-on, embroidered badge, exhibiting a similar "flare" to the shield shield as Lt Short's badge in the photograph above (Photo: Griffin Militaria).

 

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Classic G.W. Haltom badge with felt background, as worn by Lt Locklear (Photo: Griffin Militaria).

 

 

Chris




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