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By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Recognized Flyers highlights aviators who stimulated pop culture throughout the early 1900s, global struggle I and II, and the chilly conflict. This sequence combines background and delight studying in a fast moving narrative of the lives of a few of the main well-known, and notorious, aviators of the twentieth 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 worldwide battle I.

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He identified the problem as the ignition system and quickly fixed it. The major thanked Eddie and was on his way. ” During the winter of 1916–1917, Eddie accepted an offer to race in Europe. Englishman Louis Coatalen of Sunbeam Motor Works wanted Eddie to help him prepare his cars. Coatalen made Eddie a fair offer for his work, and the trip would be all expenses paid. Eddie agreed to go abroad with his racing career. When he sailed to England, World War I was underway in Europe. Although the United States had not yet entered the war, Eddie was well informed and knew about the events taking place overseas.

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. ” When the German spring offensive of 1918 began, the 94th moved to a safer location at Épiez, France. There, the squadron received their equipment, guns, ammunition, instruments, and flying clothing. Shortly after they received their supplies, they moved up to Toul, only 18 miles from the lines. Now that they were armed, Eddie thought for sure they would be the first American squadron to go into combat against the enemy.

He believed that before long, these machines would be crawling through every town and dotting the countryside. Excited and ambitious, Eddie wanted desperately to be a part of this industry. This desire led Eddie to Evan’s Garage on Chestnut Street. Evan’s advertised automotive repairs and storage. Eddie began working as a shop boy at the garage for seventy-five cents a day, a considerable pay cut from his previous jobs. But Eddie didn’t mind. In his opinion, it was not a step back, but chance at a unique opportunity.

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