Royal Flying Corps Cemetery
Backstory and Context
Lt Ormer Leslie Locklear, US Army Air Service
Not far from the RFC Memorial is the grave of Lt. Ormer Locklear. Ormer was born October 28, 1891 in Como, Texas and grew up in Fort Worth. He joined the Army Air Service in 1917, trained at Barron Field, became a cross-country flying instructor and was noted for his antics on airplanes while in flight. In 1919, he formed a barnstorming team with two other pilots, Milton Elliott and Shirley Short, which soon led to a movie career performing his aerial stunts for the camera. Locklear and Elliott died in Los Angeles, California August 2, 1920 while filming their second movie, “The Skywayman.” Over 30,000 people attended his funeral in Fort Worth. He is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park and a Texas Historical Marker is near the grave-site.
[Lat: 32-45-47.39, Long: 97-21-58.22]
Fort Worth Aviation Museum and Greenwood Memorial Park
Fort Worth Aviaiton Museum