This creaky 1926 mystery is the only surviving feature of the Norman Studios in Jacksonville, Florida, which released numerous “race films” during the silent era. Producer-writer-director Richard Norman wanted to present uplifting images of African-Americans, and what could be more uplifting than flight? The title character (Laurence Criner) seems to have been modeled on Eugene Ballard, a black American pilot who flew for the Lafayette Escadrille in World War I; the love interest (Kathryn Boyd) is based on Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to become a civil aviator. Despite the promise of aerial thrills, most of the action involves the theft of a company payroll from a train station, and the flying sequences were all shot on a set. That doesn’t inhibit Norman from staging an absurd barnstorming climax in which the hero flies over another plane and drops a rope ladder to the kidnapped heroine so she can climb up to safety.