Sunday, May 07, 2017

World Circling Tour, 1943, with Eddie Rickenbacker

by his count, he had survived 135 brushes with death, starting at age 8

When America entered the war in 1917, Rickenbacker volunteered and wanted to learn to fly, but at 27 he was overage for flight training and had no college degree.

However, because of his fame as a race car driver, he was sworn in as a sergeant and sailed for Europe as a chauffeur. He managed to wangle an assignment driving Col "Billy" Mitchell's flashy twin-six Packard. He pestered Mitchell until he was permitted to apply for flight training, claiming to be 25, the age limit for pilot trainees.

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