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Eddie Rickenbacker
Date Issued: 1995-09-25
Postage Value: 60 cents

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Eddie Rickenbacker
Eddie Rickenbacker

Captain Eddie (Edward Vernon) Rickenbacker was an American flying ace in World War I and later an airline executive. After an early career as an automobile racer, Rickenbacker volunteered in the army flying service during World War I. He was accepted as a fighter pilot in March 1918, and shot down twenty-two enemy planes and four balloons, making him the top U.S. flying ace. Reentering the aviation field after an unsuccessful attempt to run an automobile company, Rickenbacker eventually became president and chairman of the board of Eastern Airlines.

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