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    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.

    Germany. The Red Baron, WWI

    Helen Richey was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She died by suicide at age 38

    The first Victoria Cross awarded to an Australian flyer for valour in the presence of the enemy was won by Lieutenant Frank McNamara of Number 1 squadron on March 20th, 1917. Following a raid on a train line, despite being wounded himself, McNamara landed and rescued a downed pilot from the raid whilst under enemy fire behind Turkish lines. Interestingly despite heavy involvement in combat over enemy lines, he was the only AFC pilot to be awarded a VC in World War One.

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    Max Immelmann (21 September 1890 – 18 June 1916) was the first German World War I flying ace. He was a great pioneer in fighter aviation and is often mistakenly credited with the first aerial victory using a synchronized gun. His name has become attached to common flying tactics, and remains a byword in aviation.

    1914 - 1918 The Great War Fokker DR-1 "Triplane"

    Hazel Lee (1912-1944) - Aviation Pioneer. Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military.

    Breguet 14 of the 96th Aero Squadron

    `."Harriet Quimby First Lady of the Air. She paved the way for Amelia."

    Aircraft away

    Manfred Von Richtofen - The Red Baron Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot.

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    Lady Heath, the first woman to parachute and the first woman to gain a commercial pilot’s licence.

    Bristol F.2 Fighter planes over the Alps

    Howard Hughes's H-4 Hercules - The "Spruce Goose" - It flew only once on Nov. 2, 1947. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. They really weren't sure it would lift off - but it did.

    Guynemer poses in front of his Nieuport 17 No. 1531 coded “2” called “ Old Charles” ( No. 4) repatriated on the ground on an aviation trailer after a forced landing near Chipilly. It was badly damaged after the breakdown of a propeller blade. July 28, 1916

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    pausaintelectual: Mig 29 ” - Ballistic Climbout by PhoenixFlyer2008 on Flickr. Via Flickr: Polish Mig 29 Display pilot climbs up and away from Fairfordwww.airte...

    Airplanes!Aviation. My mother was an Airline Stewardess for Viasa when I was a child so my love for the sky and airplanes have also shaped who I am today

    AVIATION ART HANGAR - Mud In Your Eye by James Dietz (Sopwith Camel)