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By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Recognized Flyers highlights aviators who encouraged pop culture throughout the early 1900s, global warfare I and II, and the chilly warfare. This sequence combines historical past and enjoyment examining in a fast moving narrative of the lives of a few of the main well-known, and notorious, aviators of the 20 th century. Rickenbacker left the car racetrack he ruled to serve the U.S. as a fighter ace within the well-known Hat-in-the-Ring squadron of global warfare I.

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Rickenbacker. To Eddie, this name was most pleasing to the eye. Of course, he then had to choose a name to accompany the letter. He chose Vernon. Eddie’s racing career took a turn in 1916. Maxwell decided to get out of the racing arena, which meant that Eddie was out of a job. Although he had saved some money, he didn’t have enough to operate a racing team alone. So he put together a team with the “Four Horsemen” who had created the Indianapolis Speedway. The four men also formed the Prest-O-Life Company.

During his first few months at Frayer, Eddie not only cleaned but helped make carburetors, engine assemblies, and other parts of the automobiles. Every spare minute and break was devoted to his correspondence studies. His varying jobs provided hands-on experience for his lessons. Frayer took careful notice of Eddie’s enthusiasm and ambition in his studies. One afternoon, he moved Eddie into the engineering department. This move opened up a new world to Eddie—the world of automobile design and creation.

This area of the company supervised final testing of the high-wheeled motor buggy. Eddie earned a salary of $20 a week, which was a great deal of money to him. He spent countless hours testing the buggies, driving them through the streets of Columbus and across the Ohio countryside. He formed a relationship with those cars, and knew the ins and outs of them. Much of his knowledge came to him the hard way. For example, on one test run, while Eddie was cruising down a steep hill, the brakes failed.

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