Pete Sampras, Charles Goren or Eddie Rickenbacker
for Ace Hardware
There was much ado about Eddie Rickenbacker
, the American ranking ace with 26 victories, but few words about Fred Gillet who ran up 20 victories in four months with the RAF and added four more with the Yanks to become America's second-ranking ace.
Gibby is the story of three young men, Eddie Rickenbacker
, Jimmy Hall, And Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and their collective conquests in the many air battles of World War I.
World War I ace fighter pilot Eddie Rickenbacker
(1890-1973) was born in Columbus, Ohio to Swiss immigrants.
His chauffeur, Eddie Rickenbacker
, became America's best-known flying ace in that war.
When Eddie Rickenbacker
heard about it, he sent a message of congratulations reading, "Just received the good news that you are the first one to break my record in World War I by bringing down 27 planes in combat, as well as your promotion, so justly deserved.
, president of Eastern Air Lines and former World War I aviation ace, sent this Christmas message to the Board in 1947.
It's period nostalgia laden with premonitions of Guynemer, Richthofen, and Eddie Rickenbacker
in French airspace just a decade later.
, America's top ace, had 26 aerial victories in only seven months of fighting.
Speaking of the 372nd in particular and the Allied troops of World War I in general, Ford sadly comments: "[Today] people know about the Red Baron and Eddie Rickenbacker
but not much else.
, later a World War I ace pilot and owner of the Speedway before Hulman, was 10th in one of two Duesenberg entries in 1914.
He had been a co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909 and started his own race team with Eddie Rickenbacker
as lead driver.
Later, in 1954, while working with legendary air ace Eddie Rickenbacker
, she co-organized 'The Silver Liners,' history's first association for ex-stewardesses.
Though Canadian RAF pilot Arthur Roy Brown was credited with shooting down the Red Baron, Snoopy's imaginary role could just as easily have been based on America's top flying ace of the war--Captain Eddie Rickenbacker
Before he earned his wings and became the leading American ace in World War I (WWI), Eddie Rickenbacker
performed duties as an engineering (maintenance) officer at the largest US aviation training base in France.