World War I ace fighter pilot Eddie Rickenbacker
(1890-1973) was born in Columbus, Ohio to Swiss immigrants.
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.
, America's top ace, had 26 aerial victories in only seven months of fighting.
, 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.
, who led the American forces with twenty-six confirmed victories.
Hoover has set records for transcontinental and "time to climb" speed and has personally known such great aviators as Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacker
, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Jacqueline Cochran, Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin.
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.
1); no one could ever term Eddie Rickenbacker
Army Air business, as early as that was, and as a mentor to a couple of other guys one of which you'll remember is a fellow named Eddie Rickenbacker
who was a first lieutenant in the 94th Squadron, flies on the wing of Major Lufbery several times, and learns the ropes.
Any American official would have a far more convincing argument if he or she tried to piece together the achievements of American volunteer airmen in WWI instead of blabbering about Eddie Rickenbacker
, a skilled and brave pilot.
Edward Rickenbacker: Simply put, Eddie Rickenbacker
was America's first ace.