Unsung Hero: Bertrand Blanchard Acosta

During the years just before the U.S. entrance into World War I, Acosta traveled the nation to exhibit his aircraft and give rides to locals. In many respects he was like the postwar barnstormers, gypsy flyers who traveled the nation in search of thrills and money enough to survive and keep flying. During this time he earned a reputation as a gifted but reckless pilot, as his quest for speed outstripped his fear of death. He also worked for a time as a flight instructor to World War I-bound pilots in Toronto, Canada, and when the United States entered the war in 1917 he joined the U.S. Air Service Reserve.

Learn more about Bertrand Blanchard Acosta in the American National Biography. We’ll be bringing you biographies of forgotten heroes from the First World War along with other information during the centenary year. 
Image credit: Bertrand Acosta. Bain News Service. Library of Congress.

Unsung Hero: Bertrand Blanchard Acosta

During the years just before the U.S. entrance into World War I, Acosta traveled the nation to exhibit his aircraft and give rides to locals. In many respects he was like the postwar barnstormers, gypsy flyers who traveled the nation in search of thrills and money enough to survive and keep flying. During this time he earned a reputation as a gifted but reckless pilot, as his quest for speed outstripped his fear of death. He also worked for a time as a flight instructor to World War I-bound pilots in Toronto, Canada, and when the United States entered the war in 1917 he joined the U.S. Air Service Reserve.

Learn more about Bertrand Blanchard Acosta in the American National BiographyWe’ll be bringing you biographies of forgotten heroes from the First World War along with other information during the centenary year. 

Image credit: Bertrand Acosta. Bain News Service. Library of Congress.