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Doolittle, (1896-1993), was U.S. aviator,
born in Alameda, Calif.; U.S. Army 1917-30, 1940-45; led air forces in invasion
of Tunisia; made commander of N.W. African Strategic Air Force Feb. 1943
and of 8th U.S. Air Force (Britain) Dec. 1943, transferred to Pacific 1945;
a vice-president of Shell Oil Corp. 1946-58, a director 1946-67; chairman
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics 1956-58.
Rickenbacker, (1890-1973), was a U.S. aviator,
born in Columbus, Ohio; noted as automobile racer; commander first U.S.
aero unit to take active part in World War I; credited with 26 victories
and recognized as U.S. leading ace in World War I; awarded Congressional
Medal of Honor; head of Eastern Air Lines 1934-63; lost in s.w. Pacific
for 3 weeks when plane was forced down Oct. 21, 1942, while he was on inspection
trip of United States Air Forces in Pacific.
(1897-1937), born in Atchison, Kan. During World War I she worked as a military
nurse in Canada, and for several years she was a social worker in Boston.
She first gained fame in 1928 when she was the first woman to fly across
the Atlantic Ocean--even though only as a passenger. Four years later, in
May 1932, she made a solo flight across the Atlantic, followed by several
solo long-distance flights in the United States. She was greatly interested
in the development of commercial aviation and took an active role in opening
the field to women. For a time Earhart served as an officer of the Luddington
line, which operated one of the first regular passenger services between
New York City and Washington, D.C. In January 1935 she made a solo flight
from Hawaii to California.
(1902-1974), born in Detroit, Mich. On May 20-21, 1927,flew a small silvery
monoplane, called the Spirit of St. Louis, nonstop from New York City to
Paris. It was the first one-man flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The daring,
skill, and endurance of "Lucky Lindy" won him world acclaim. After his flight
Lindbergh devoted his career to aviation and science.
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