The Morning Herald (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) 29 Jan 1938 Pg 8
Outraces Death In 10,000 Foot Sky Dive TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 28. (AP) Charles Zmuda, parachute jumper and bat man of Lansing, Mich., narrowly escaped death yesterday in an exhibition exhibition drop at the Florida slave fair. His clothing afire, Zmuda fell Into an oak tree half a mile from the fair grounds after leaping from a plane at 10,000 feet nnd attempting to soar Into the grandstand area by means of canvas wings strapped to his arms and legs. A 40-inlle-anhour 40-inlle-anhour 40-inlle-anhour 40-inlle-anhour 40-inlle-anhour wind at the high altitude forced him to delay opening or his parachute and he plummeted down several thousand feet" His clothing caught fire from a smoke bomb tied to ono ankle to trace the path of hie aerial gyrations. He was badly shaken up and suffered suffered cuts on his face.