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Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973) had only a sixth grade education but became a leading aviation figure in both military and civilian circles. Rickenbacker was a fighter ace during World War I, where as a member of the 94th Aero Squadron he shot down 22 German aircraft and 4 observation balloons. He became a colonel in the Army Air Reserves and during WWII helped form the Military Air Transport Services. In the civilian sector, Rickenbacker worked at several airlines, including Fokker Aircraft Corporation and American Airways, before going to work at Eastern Airlines in 1934. In 1939 Rickenbacker became Eastern's president and chairman, positions he held until 1963.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0525

Creator

Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973

Date

1913-1973

Provenance

Estate of Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, unknown, 1973, XXXX-0525, unknown

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet ((5 microfilm reels))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Albums

Scrapbooks

Photographs

Reports

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two annual reports, two photograph albums, and a set of microfilm of 26 scrapbooks. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings chronicling Rickenbacker's aviation career. The two photo albums are as follows: 'In Commemoration of the Dedication of the Rickenbacker Foundation,' and 'The Great Silver Fleet,' which features imagery from the 1941 Georgia crash. There are also two annual reports: United Aircraft and Transport Corporation First Annual Report to Stockholders,' 1929 and 'Central Airlines Annual Report, 1965.'

Genre/Form

Albums

Scrapbooks

Photographs

Reports

Rights

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Names

American Airlines

Eastern Airlines, Inc.

Fokker Aircraft Corp

United States. Air Force. Military Air Transport Service

United States. Army. Air Service. 1st Pursuit Group. 94th Aero Squadron

Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973

Topics Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Aeronautics, Commercial
Fighter pilots
World War, 1914-1918

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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