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  • Lt. Edward Rickenbacker

    Note: This item is currently in storageEddie Rickenbacker completed his pilot's training in just 17 days.  In addition to earning his pilot's wings, Rickenbacker also was commissioned as an officer. On December 10, 1917, Lt Rickenbacker and fourteen other pilots - including Capt. Fiorella LaGuardia, Lt. Douglas Campbell, and Lt. Quentin Roosevelt,
  • Edward V. Rickenbacker- AEF Chauffeur

    Note: This item is currently in storage Although he was recruited to serve as General Pershing’s chauffeur, Rickenbacker primarily drove for Major Townsend F. Dodd, a subordinate to Lt Col William B. Mitchell.  As Mitchell and Dodd toured various regions in France, the effect of airpower began to emerge, and made a lasting impression on the three
  • Eddie Rickenbacker-Race Car Driver

    On October 8, 1890, Edward Rickenbacker was born in a small house on South Pearl Street in Columbus, Ohio.  The second son of Swiss immigrants, Eddie’s family fell on particularly hard times following the death of his father when Eddie was just 13 years old.  Eddie left school during the 7th grade, and worked at various jobs throughout Columbus
  • Captain E.V. Rickenbacker Swagger Stick

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This wooden swagger stick was made in France for Captain E.V. Rickenbacker during his service in World War I.  Spiraling up the surface of the stick is a carved wooden snake marked down the back with 26 black German Crosses-representing Rickenbacker's 26 aerial victories over his German opponents.Click here
  • Eddie Rickenbacker Ring, Ace of Aces

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This ring reads “A OF A.”  Captain E.V. Rickenbacker was called America’s Ace of Aces, due to his accruing the highest number of American aerial victories against the Germans during World War I— 26.   This ring is also engraved with the following designs:  Both sides have the Hat-in-the-Ring emblem of the
  • Rocket Fuel Handlers Exhibit

    FUELING ROCKETSWorking with rocket propellants requires special protective gear. The two suits here are examples of rocket fuel handlers' outfits from the 1940s-1990s. Liquid fueled missiles such as the Titan I and Titan II in this gallery used dangerous fluids and toxic chemicals, and Airmen handling them wore these special suits to protect
  • Vapor Special Operations Supercar

     The Vapor Special Operations Supercar is a showcase of US Air Force ingenuity, state-of the-art technology, and innovation.  The Vapor was one of two custom-built automobiles commissioned by the Air Force Recruiting Service in 2009 for its Project Supercar recruiting campaign.  This fully customized Dodge Challenger was built by Galpin Auto Sports
  • Lafayette Flying Corps Dress Cap

     Note: This item is currently in storage. This Lafayette Flying Corps dress cap (kepki) was made for American volunteer James A. Connelly, Jr.  He joined the Lafayette Flying Corps in November 1917 and was assigned to Spa. 157 and later Spa. 163.  He is credited with seven confirmed victories.  Dress caps or “kepki’s” were worn by members of the
  • Lafayette Escadrille Insignia

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This color illustration of the famous “Indian head” insignia of the Lafayette Escadrille belonged to Lt. Charles Dolan, Jr., an American volunteer with the Lafayette Escadrille during WWI. He served with the squadron until February 1918, when he and many others were transferred to the US Army Air Service to
  • Aircraft Insigne, 139th Aero Squadron

    Note: This item is currently in storage This insigne was removed from the wreckage of Lt. David E. Putnam’s SPAD XIII aircraft during WWI. Lt. Putnam was shot down and killed on September 12, 1918 by a flight of eight German aircraft after flying to the aid of an allied observation plane.  Lt. Putnam flew with the Lafayette Flying Corps prior to
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