Silent Film. The History of Barnstorming is a history of human courage and risk taking. While there have always been traveling pilots with their light airplanes, barnstorming saw its peak in popularity in the 1920’s Stunt pilots performed dangerous spins and maneuvers that exposed the public to aerobatics which the aviator takes for granted. The public saw loops and the barrel roll, stall turns and wing overs while aerialists performed daredevil stunts like wing walking, stunt parachuting, switching planes in mid air. Many performed their own unique stunts. Length 10:00.