MAJOR EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 1951 - HFSID 165907
Sale Price $450.00
EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER
Black and white publicity photograph of Edward V. Rickenbacker talking to Jack Hesketh.
Photograph Signed: "With my best wishes/Eddie Rickenbacker 1951", B/w, 8x10. Shown talking to Jack Hesketh. Captain Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker (1890-1973) had joined North American Aviation, the parent company of Eastern in 1933 and became its General Manager in 1935, expanding its shipping and travel services. Rickenbacker purchased Eastern in March 1938 and became its President the following month. He remained in Chief Executive positions until his retirement in 1959. "Rick" had attained recognition as a race car driver before commanding the famed 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron during WWI. He downed 26 enemy aircraft, becoming America's greatest Ace and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war, Rickenbacker promoted commercial air travel and the advancement of air power for the U.S. military. During WWII, he was a special representative in the inspection of air bases in the Pacific. Rickenbacker was President (1938-1959) and Chairman (1954-1963) of Eastern Airlines which he built into a major passenger and air transport system. Lightly creased not evident head on. Fine condition.
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