Eddie Rickenbacker: Flying ace, race car driver and survivor

Eddie Rickenbacker’s life (1890-1973) reads like a work of unbelievable fiction. Born to Swiss immigrants, he grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Before World War 1 he was a professional race car driver.

During the war, he became the most decorated flying ace of the Americans, then after the war built his own car company. He actually bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and later sold it to focus on building his own airline. Besides his incredible CV, he is famous for being a true survivor. He survived several car crashes and a few plane crashes. After one accident he looked so bad, that the doctors left him for dead. In another plane crash during WW2 he was adrift at sea for weeks on a life raft with a few men. Talk about true grit. Very impressive.

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