Dick Grace

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For the Irish hurler, see Dick Grace (Tullaroan).

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

Stunt work on films[edit]

Grace in the 1927 film Wide Open


  1. ^ King, Susan (August 14, 2014) "'Hollywood Takes to the Air' explores aviation's long history in film", Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Onkst, David H. (2003) Hollywood Stunt Pilots U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
  3. ^ Lussier, Tim (2004) "Daredevils in the Air - Three of the Greats - Wilson, Locklear and Grace" Silents Are Golden

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