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Author: Eddie Rickenbacker
Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall [1967] ©1967
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rickenbacker was one of the earliest race car drivers on the national circuit, competing against all the greats of that sport's infancy and eventually owning and running the Indianapolis Speedway. During World War I, he joined up, was sent to France with General Pershing's American Expeditionary Forces, and finally worked his way into the Air Services. He battled in the skies with Baron Manfred von Richtofen's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973.
Rickenbacker.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall [1967]
(OCoLC)644245161
Named Person: Eddie Rickenbacker; Eddie Rickenbacker; Eddie Rickenbacker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eddie Rickenbacker
OCLC Number: 220918
Description: 458 pages illustrations 24 cm
Contents: Boyhood --
Up the ladder --
Racing days --
German spy --
Learning to fly --
Uncle Sam's hat-in-the-ring squadron --
The car worthy of its name --
Indianapolis Speedway --
Flying in the 1920s --
How to buy an airline --
How to build an airline --
The Atlanta crash --
Before World War II --
To war again --
Mission to England --
Lost at sea --
Aftermath of an ordeal --
Russian mission --
The postwar period --
The future.
Responsibility: [by] Edward V. Rickenbacker.

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Rickenbacker was one of the earliest race car drivers on the national circuit, competing against all the greats of that sport's infancy and eventually owning and running the Indianapolis Speedway. During World War I, he joined up, was sent to France with General Pershing's American Expeditionary Forces, and finally worked his way into the Air Services. He battled in the skies with Baron Manfred von Richtofen's Flying Circus, flew the most perilous missions, downed 26 enemy aircrafts, became America's Ace of Aces-earning nineteen decorations for bravery in action and was universally known as "Captain Eddie". After the war he went back to the automobile business, built his own company, joined General Motors. Eddie also won the right of way to buy Eastern Airlines from General Motors, served as a special confidential consultant to Secretary of the War. Heading out on a 1942 Pacific mission, he and his crew crashed into the sea. They spent an incredible 24 days and nights floating in rubber rafts until rescued.-from book cover.

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