Category Archives: Eddie Rickenbacker

Hat in the Ring Squadron

“That situation was not going to continue. I do not like to come in second.” Continue reading

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Pilots without parachutes – part 2

“If all of you pilots had parachutes,” he told me coldly, “then you’d be inclined to use them on the slightest pretext, and the Air Service would lose planes that might otherwise have been brought down safely.” Continue reading

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Pilots without parachutes

I was amazed when I learned that WWI pilots had no parachutes. Continue reading

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Hat in the Ring Squadron – origin of the insignia

A few weeks ago, I saw the Hat in the Ring insignia on a box of children’s toys. Continue reading

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To shoot a balloon

Why did observation balloons count in aces’ scores? Continue reading

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