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FIGHTING THE FLYING CIRCUS
, 1919 1919. RICKENBACKER, Edward V. FIGHTING THE FLYING CIRCUS. America's Greatest Ace Tells A Wonderful Story. With Maps And A Foreword by Laurence La Tourette Driggs. NY: Frederick A. Stokes Company, [1919]. Small 8vo., blue ribbed-cloth, stamped in orage, in the scarce, original dust jacket. First Edition. Author's first book. The story of American World War I Ace fighter pilot, Eddie Rickenbacker and his "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron (#94 U.S. Air Services) putting an end to German von Richthofen's (the Red Baron) Flying Circus squadron. Rickenbacker is America's premier World War I Flying Services ace, with 26 German aircraft shot down and is a Medal of Honor recipient. He was also a race car driver, an automotive designer, and a pioneer in air transportation. Rickenbacker, the long-time head of Eastern Air Lines, died in 1972 at age 82. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1967. Signed presentation from Rickenbacker to New York Congressman Daniel Alden Reed, one-time chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee: "With my every best wish, To Hon. Daniel A. Reed, In appreciation of your interest in National defenses and the Air Transport Ind., Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, 1940." Reed was elected to Congress in 1919 and served until his death in 1959. He was the chairman of several influential government committees and agencies. A nice association copy!! Very Good condition (covers nice & bright; contents clean & tight; minor bumping top of spine); few short tears & small nicks & chips along edges & two narrow chips to one edge of the spine (largest chip is a little over 1/2-inch deep) d/j. Copies in the fragile dust jacket are uncommon and, when encountered, are seldom found in nice condition. $1,750.00.
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