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Rickenbacker: American Ace of Aces by Stan Stokes. (GS)


Rickenbacker: American Ace of Aces by Stan Stokes. (GS)

Edward V. Rickenbacker was Americas Ace of Aces in WWI. A Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Eddie was born in Columbus Ohio on October 8, 1890. Eddies schooling ceased at age twelve when his father died. His first job was working at a foundry 72 hours a week for $3.50 per week. Eventually Eddie found employment in a garage, a job which was to have a tremendous influence on his entire life. Rickenbacker studied engineering through a correspondence school, and at age 18 he was employed to road test automobiles for the then famous Frayer-Miller company. Eddie drove in three Indy 500 races, and was deemed a conservative but highly skilled driver. By his early twenties Eddie was making about $40,000 a year, and in 1916 he visited England and was caught up in the spirit of the war, and in particular all activity relating to the Royal Flying Corps. A year later Rickenbacker had enlisted, hoping to become an American flyer. Unfortunately, he was assigned to General Pressings staff as a driver. After much persistence Eddie was finally given a transfer to the embryonic American Aviation Service, thanks to the influence of Billy Mitchell. Rickenbacker trained at Issoudun in France, and his flying demonstrated his amazing ability to judge both speed and distance. Because of his great mechanical ability, Rickenbackers superiors thought he would be more valuable in a ground maintenance capacity than as a flyer. Finally, Eddie got his wish and was sent to Cazeau where he received his air gunnery training. In March of 1918 Eddie was posted to the 94th (Hat-in-the-Ring) Pursuit Squadron which was based at Villeneuve. This new squadron was being organized around Major Raoul Luftbery, the famous American ace who had flown with the Lafayette Escadrille. Eddies flying was marked by an almost scientific approach, making every turn or maneuver gain some advantage over his adversary. Rickenbackers score rose steadily and he helped push the 94th to the highest score of any American squadron. Rickenbacker received numerous decorations including The Distinguished Service Cross with nine Oak Leaves, the French Legion of Honor, and the Croix de Guerre with four Palms. Eddies record of 26 confirmed aerial victories was achieved in a few short months of flying. Eddie also was never injured during his battles in the skies over France. Captain Eddie, as he was known to most Americans, was promoted to Major prior to leaving the service, but Eddies midwestern mentality prevented from using a title he didnt feel he had earned. Following the war Rickenbacker had a very successful business career which included formation of his own automobile company, ownership of the Indianapolis Raceway, and the purchase of Eastern Air Lines from General Motors. Eddie survived a terrible crash of an Eastern Air Lines DC-3, and also survived a 24-day unplanned voyage in a life raft, when his aircraft crashed in the Pacific. During WWII Eddie performed a number of diplomatic missions for the U.S. government, and he was an outspoken proponent of a unified and strong air force. Rickenbacker is unarguably one of the most important figures in aviation history.
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Stan Stokes

Stan Stokes is a California native with more than 37 years as a full time professional artist, who developed a passion for vintage cars, trains and airplanes at an early age. Model building and RC planes filled the many hours of the young enthusiasts free time. However, unlike most other young aviation enthusiasts Stokes also displayed a great gift for artistic talent. After studying art in College, Stan decided to pursue a career as a professional artist. Stokes initially focused his great talents on depicting uniquely realistic landscapes of the western desert and mountain scenes. More than thirty years ago a good friend suggested that Stan combine his passion for aviation history and flying with his artistic talents, and render an aircraft or two. The rest is history. Stan has won many prestigious awards including the Benedictine Art Award in 1975 and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museums Golden Age of Flight award in 1985. In May of 2000, Stan was honored with the National Museum of Naval Aviations R. G. Smith Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation Art. Commissioned by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Stans 12 x 120 foot mural of the History of the Flying White House is on permanent display in the Air Force One Pavilion. In addition Stans painting of the USS Ronald Reagan is hanging in the Legacy Room of the library. In 2005 Stan also completed a painting of our nations next aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush, which is on permanent display at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. Stan has also completed several impressive murals for the Palm Springs Air Museum including: The Tuskegee Airmen at 12 x 60 feet and contains 51 portraits of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Dauntless at Midway at 12 x 34 feet and Corsair on Approach at 19 x 55 feet. Stans work also hangs in the Air Force art collection, the Pentagon, San Diego Aerospace Museum, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Stan has had the pleasure of meeting and working with many of his boyhood aviation heroes, including the late General Jimmy Doolittle, the late Pappy Boyington, Chuck Yeager, and many many others. A true aviation history buff, Stan often spends more time pouring over research materials for his paintings to assure their accuracy to the smallest detail than he does behind the canvas. Noted for his incredible detail and strikingly realistic illustration, Stans canvases have a life-like three-dimensional effect that often leaves viewers spellbound. Today his work encompasses not only aviation and space but also portraits, landscapes, ships, classic cars and his new collection of cat-related fine art paintings. Stan particularly enjoys the tough assignment. During his 37 years as a professional artist, he has been asked to produce literally hundreds of paintings documenting historical events, people and places. Although Stan has logged many hours flying his own airplanes, in recent years pleasure flying has had to take a backseat to the artistic demands of his backlog. Stan was commissioned to paint more than twenty original paintings for an aviation museum being in the Philippines. Since the mid-1980s NASA has also tapped Stans talents from time to time and he has completed more than fifteen paintings ranging from the space shuttles to the SR 71 Blackbird. Stan has also painted numerous works for the cutting edge genius in aviation and space design, Burt Rutan.

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