Of course, Indy, played here by Sean Patrick Flanery, is referring to Houdini’s brief career as a pioneer aviator when he became the first man to fly a plane in Australia in 1910. Apparently, he did so with Indiana Jones by his side!
Interestingly, there is a second Houdini connection in this particular episode. It co-stars a young Catherine Zeta-Jones who appeared in the most recent Houdini film, Death Defying Acts.
“Daredevils of the Desert” was released on DVD as part of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Vol 2: The War Years.