Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Houdini flies again in 1926

While Houdini never piloted an airplane after his historic Australian flights of 1910, he did occasionally board aircraft as a passenger. This was before passenger air travel was well established. He flew to Catalina Island during production of Terror Island in 1919. In 1920 he and Bess flew across the English Channel to France. But here's an airplane journey in the last year of his life that I was not aware of. This is from the February 19, 1926 York Daily Record.

This wasn't the only talk of air travel for Houdini in 1926. While playing the Orpheum Theater in York, Pennsylvania, Houdini had to travel to Washington D.C. to appear before Congress at 2:00 PM on February 26. His plan was to take a train in the early morning and return by airplane in time for his show that evening. However, insurance forbade him to take the flight. But Houdini appears to have still made it back in time for his show. Might he have taken his flight anyway?

One thing this tells us; had Houdini lived, he almost certainly would have become a frequent flyer.


  1. I just wanted to remind you that on the "100th Anniversary of Houdini's Flight in Australia" a stamp and coin was produced. The stamp is beautiful and the coin us amazing! It depicts Houdini on his Viosin plane on the ciin and in addition his historic delight a "Digger's Rest" that faithful day back on March 18th, 1910. I am nit sure if any more are available but it would be worthy to investigate as the mi ted coin comes in a nice box along with a small booklet as well

    1. Yes, I'm aware of that coin and I'm sorry I never got it. As you say, it's a beauty.