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Jimmy Doolittle

James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle USAF (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid while a lieutenant colonel.

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The Red Baron

The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen after landing after an air fight. 1916.

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13 Black Cats

13 BLACK CATS (Stunt pilots troupe) The 13 Black Cats were a troupe of flamboyant stunt pilots who defied both superstition and the odds of survival during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Possessing the nine lives of their namesake, the 13 Black Cats performed death-defying aerial stunts and advertised their skills for the film industry with…

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Juan Trippe and Charles Lindbergh

Pan Am’s founder, Juan Trippe, and Charles Lindbergh stand with a Fokker F-10 at the dedication of Pan Am’s 36th Street Airport in Miami in 1929. As a boy growing up in Manhattan, Trippe saw pictures of a French pilot’s airplane that crashed while attempting to cross the English Channel in 1909. He built a…

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Boeing Stratocruiser 1950s

Boeing’s fanciful 377 Stratocruiser was relatively revolutionary, extravagant and attractive in a period when flying was simply getting to be something normal individuals could do. For individuals who could pay the $5,000 cost of a round-outing New York-to-London mentor ticket, (that is $580 then, changed over to 2014 dollars) the flying machine offered unparalleled solace…

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Alberto Santos-Dumont

Alberto Santos Dumont was conceived July 20, 1873, in the town of Cabangu, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. At 18 years old, Santos Dumont was sent by his father to Paris where he dedicated his time to the investigation of science, material science, stargazing and mechanics. His first round inflatable, “Brasil,” requested from Maison Lachambre,…

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Tin Goose

In 1927, Ford Motor Company delivered the Ford Trimotor, one of the first all-metal planes. It was frequently alluded to as the”tin Goose” or “Flying Washboard.” It was the first plane made to convey travelers rather the mail, with a seating limit of 12. As the name demonstrates, the plane had three motors, which permitted…

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Eugene Ely

Great moments in aviation. November 14, 1910: in the pilot seat of the Hudson Flier. The first pilot and airplane to make a successful take-off from a ship. Conceived on a ranch in Iowa in 1886, Ely’s enthusiasm toward flying started when he endeavored to fly an early plane. He harmed the plane so seriously…