Angel, Jimmy

Angel, (James Crawford) Jimmy

(?1899–1956) adventurer, pilot; birthplace unknown. He joined the Canadian Air Corps at age 16 and during World War I was shot down over France. He became a soldier of fortune and served in China and South America as well as doing stunts in Hollywood. In 1935, seeking a gold mine on Mount Auyantepui, a plateau in southeastern Venezuela, he flew over the highest waterfall in the world (3,212 feet); as he was the first white person to discover it, the Western world named it Angel Falls. He died in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, after a stroke suffered during a minor plane accident.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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