Lincoln Beachey (1887-1915) was perhaps the first of the "daredevil" pilots. He was one of the earliest pilots to accomplish the "looping the loop" maneuver. Following his performance at the Los Angeles Air Meet in 1910, Beachey went on to perform stunts such as flying over Niagara Falls and under the International Bridge, was credited with the first flight in Puerto Rico, and was the first to fly over Washington D. C., finishing the flight with a landing on the White House Lawn.
Unfortunately Beachey was killed in 1915 while performing a stunt at the Panama Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco. While completing a vertical dive from 3500 feet over San Francisco Bay, the wings of his airplane broke away and although Beachey survived the crash, he drowned in the bay waters.