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EDDIE RICKENBACKER | WW1 Ace

Updated on March 3, 2014

Eddie Rickenbacker, America's Top Ace of World War One

Eddie Rickenbacker (October 8, 1890-July 27, 1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation. During his lifetime, Rickenbacker worked with many influential civilian and military leaders. He had keen insight into technology, and vision for future improvements. Among other events, he participated in or observed Armistice Day on the Western Front.

Eddie Rickenbacker

Eddie Rickenbacker
Eddie Rickenbacker

SPAD XIII

The Spad XIII was a French fighter aircraft of World War One. It was developed as an upgrade to the highly successful SPAD VII. The SPAD XIII was flown by French fighter pilots such as Georges Guynemer and Rene Fonck, Italy's Francesco Baracca and Eddie Rickenbacker of the United States. The SPAD XIII differed from its predecessor with a more powerful Hispano-Suiza engine and a second VIckers .303 caliber machine gun for added firepower. The SPAD XIII was one of the most capable fighters of the war and one of the most produced. There were 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the Armistice.

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