This day in history (April 29, 1918): Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, the leading US ace of WWI, shot down his first airplane. Fast Eddie's first love was fast cars, and only made the switch from racing to aviation after repairing a car carrying Col Billy Mitchell. Rickenbacker downed 26 enemy aircraft in the European Theatre and was named Commander of the 94th "Hat in the Ring" Squadron. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover.
Uploaded to Pinterest
British planes. Airplanes were used as a war tactic in ww1 as a way to attack the enemy from above the trenches. this meant soldiers had nowhere to hide. airplanes were a major advantage because they could easily locate the positions of the enemy, be mounted with machine guns, and launch bombs while in flight.