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Eddie Rickenbacker in his SPAD S.XIII. Rickenbacker flew a total of 300 combat hours, reportedly more than any other US pilot in the war. On September 24, 1918, he was named commander of the squadron, and on the following day, he claimed two more German planes, for which he was belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover. After claiming yet another Fokker D.VII on September 27, he became a balloon buster by downing observation balloons on Sept 28 to 30 Oct 1918.

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Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (October 8, 1890 – July 23, 1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. With 26 aerial victories, he was Americas most successful fighter ace in the war. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines.

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I think this photo of WWI Ace pilot Eddie Rickenbacker would make a really great large-format print. It embodies what I want my life to look like

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American's World War I Ace of Aces: Captain Eddie Rickenbacker

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