Eddie Rickenbacker: Ace of Aces, Race Car Driver, Air Transportation Pioneer

Not every fighter pilot was considered an ace during World War I, let alone the ace of aces. But for Eddie Rickenbacker, that’s precisely what he was. An Early Life (With a Purpose) Edward Vernon Rickenbacker was born on October 8, 1890 in Columbus, Ohio. His parents were German-speaking Swiss immigrants and he was the [...]

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Pilot Profile: Noel Wien

Noel Wien, a Minnesota native, is largely credited with introducing the airplane to Alaska. Wien took his first ever airplane ride in May of 1921 at 22-years-old. He learned to fly shortly after and relocated to Anchorage, Alaska at 25-years-old with his first aircraft—an open-cockpit Standard J-1 biplane. He performed stunts and gave passenger rides [...]

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Pilot Profile: Jeana Yeager

We’ve mentioned Jeana Yeager before in our Rutan Voyager Plane of the Week feature, but we’re thrilled to be bringing her back in this Pilot Profile! Known as the first women to fly a plane nonstop around the world without refueling, Jeana is truly an inspiration. By Ray Kamm, SDASM Archives - Ray Kamm [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Aviation History, Pilot Profile|Comments Off on Pilot Profile: Jeana Yeager

Pilot Profile: Louis Blériot

Louis Blériot is famous for being the first to fly between continental Europe and Great Britain. We recently featured his Blériot XI in our Plane of the Week series! But this man’s life started out as an inventor. Blériot’s Early Years Born in France on July 1, 1872, his career in aviation was funded by [...]

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Pilot Profile: James Stewart

When we hear James Stewart’s name, we often think of his acting career; we particularly think of his role in It’s a Wonderful Life. I mean, who doesn’t love that movie? But did you know that he was the first Hollywood star to wear a military uniform during World War II? James Stewart is one [...]

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Ruth Law Oliver: An American Aviatrix

Ruth Law Oliver, who was featured in our Women in Aviation History post earlier this month, passed away 46 years ago on December 1, 1970 in San Francisco. She was 83 years old. Image: PD-US A Brief Biography She was born on May 21, 1887 in Massachusetts. Ruth was a pioneering aviatrix in her [...]

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