Eddie Rickenbacker (Famous Flyers) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Well-known Flyers highlights aviators who encouraged pop culture through the early 1900s, international conflict I and II, and the chilly conflict. This sequence combines historical past and enjoyment interpreting in a fast paced narrative of the lives of a few of the main recognized, and notorious, aviators of the 20 th century. Rickenbacker left the auto racetrack he ruled to serve the U.S. as a fighter ace within the recognized Hat-in-the-Ring squadron of global battle I.

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The Nieuport 28 was more maneuverable than some of the heavier fighter planes, such as the SPAD XIII, but it was more fragile, and in a dive would shed fabric from the upper wing. To the Skies Eddie continued tutoring sessions with Lufbery. He practiced the corkscrew move over and over, until he finally could perform it without getting sick. All the while, members of the 94th complained about the amount of time it was taking for them to get their guns. Eddie later wrote, “We were actually luckier than we realized.

Two days of the festival were devoted to auto racing, a feature event. Eddie entered every event possible, which amounted to ten races of varying lengths in those two short days. On the first day, Eddie took first place in all five events he entered. On day two, Eddie won the first four races. At the request of two competitors, Eddie agreed to pull out of the fifth race: The drivers for the Chalmers dealer and the Cadillac dealer had private bets going, but neither of them could collect if Eddie kept winning.

Eddie had begun traveling throughout the United States selling a new touring car called the Firestone-Columbus (FC). While the FC ran like a dream in Columbus, Ohio, it did not hold up so well in the intense heat of Dallas, Texas. Eddie discovered that by pouring cold water on the engine when it overheated, he could shrink the pistons a microscopic amount, making them functional even in hot weather. While in Texas, Eddie saw an opportunity for FirestoneColumbus publicity. Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan had stopped in Abilene, and Eddie offered to drive him while he was in town.

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