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Title: Edward Rickenbacker

Description: Edward Rickenbacker (Edward Vernon Rickenbacker; AKA: Captain Eddie; 1890-1973), American aviator, entrepreneur and World War I hero; Rickenbacker began driving race cars in his teens and drove Duesenberg cars at the Indianapolis 500 (he later bought and promoted the racetrack to worldwide status); in June 1917, he joined the "Hat in the Ring" squadron of the infant U.S. Air Force (94th Aero Squadron), and in 1918, he became America's top flying "ace" by shooting down twenty-six German aircraft (twenty-one planes and five observation balloons), he received (in 1930) the Congressional Medal of Honor for single-handedly attacking seven enemy aircraft, shooting down two, near Billy, France on September 25, 1918; he also received seven Distinguished Service Cross medals, the French Croix de Guerre and the World War I Victory Medal; Rickenbacker, following the war, managed Eastern Airlines for General Motors and then purchased the airline, making it into one of the foremost airlines in the U.S.; he survived two air crashes where he was initially reported dead by the press, the second of these in World War II when he and crew members of a B-17 crashed in the Pacific in October 1942 and were adrift at sea for twenty-four days until rescued off Samoa (for which he wrote a book, Seven Came Through); Rickenbacker was profiled by Fred MacMurray in the 1945 film Captain Eddie;

Category: Military

Topic: Leaders

Keywords: aces, air crashes, airlines, airplanes, aviators, aviation pioneers, B-17 bombers, fighter pilots, film, First World War, The Great War, heroes, medals, military leaders, motion pictures, movies, pilots, racetrack drivers, racetracks, survivors, war heroes, World War II, WWII

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 2250 x 2801 (6.30 MPixels) (1.24)

Print Size: 19.0 x 23.7 cm; 7.5 x 9.3 inches

File Size: 18.05 MB (18,929,384 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000047006

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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