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Albert Cushing Read

ALBERT CUSHING READ - Born in Lyme, New Hampshire, in 1887, Read, who is still living, made the first successful transAtlantic flight.
He had a number of commands after his 1919 flight, including the USS Ajax, the USS Wright, the USS Saratoga, and Hampton Roads.
During World War II, he was the chief of air technical training and later commander of the air fleet at Norfolk.

Alfred Austell Cunningham

ALFRED AUSTELL CUNNINGHAM - Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1882, he became the first Marine aviator.
He made the first catapult launch in an airplane from a warship. He organized and commanded the first Marine aviation force, comprised of four squadrons which served as the Day Wing of the northern bomb group in Europe in 1918.
He later commanded the first Marine Air Squadron in Santo Domingo.

CHARLES EDWARD TAYLOR - Born near Cerdo, Illinois, in 1868, Taylor was the Wright brothers' chief mechanic.
He built the first airplane engine, a four-cylinder creation which developed 12 horsepower. He built many other engines, including the one which Orville demonstrated for the Army at Fort Myer, Virginia.
In 1911, when Calbraith Perry Rodgers made the first transcontinental flight, Taylor went along to patch up the plane after each of its many crashes.

Eugene Burton Ely

EUGENE BURTON ELY - Born near Iowa City, Iowa, in 1886, he demonstrated the operational use of airplanes with naval vessels.
On Nov. 14, 1910, he made the first successful unassisted airplane take-off from a special wooden deck on the USS Birmingham. He made the first successful airplane landing on the USS Pennsylvania on Jan. 18, 1911.
He died in an airplane crash at Macon, Ga., on Oct. 19, 1911.


Rickenbacker First Flew With Umbrella

Daily News Staff Writer

More than 65 years ago at the age of 10, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker took a colored umbrella and leaped off a barn roof, trying to fly.
He fell into a pile of straw.
Eventually, Rickenbacker flew.

LAST NIGHT, the Aviation Hall of Fame recognized his accomplishment and inducted him into the hall, along with the seven other aviation greats.
He was not honored for landing in a pile of straw.
Rickenbacker's life is on of amazing perserverance, imagination, and good fortune.
He is perhaps most remembered for another landing, in the rough seas of the Pacific during World War II.

FOR THREE week, her and his crew tossed about like tiny rubber corks in life rafts under a blazing Pacific sun. The incredible tale of the seagull that landed on his head and was quickly eaten raw had been passed from father to son in years since.
In World War I, he was an ace five times over, shooting down 22 enemy aircraft and four balloons. He recieved the Congressional Medal of Honor for his action against


[[?]] Capt. Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Jimmy Stewart

AT AN afternoon press conference, Rickenbacker was very critical of the United States in Vietnam.
"We need to bomb power stations, dams, and especially the port of Hai Phong," he said, "where by the way, our so-called allies have been shipping weapons in."
Rickenbacker said the British, Germans, Italians, and French are among those shipping arms.
He said he sees no need yet for the use of nuclear weaponry.
"Conventional bombing can knock out an industry, a bridge, a dam," he said. "If we'll only use it."

RICKENBACKER admonished a generation which permits draft-card burnings and draft dodgers. "This generation is a problem child that has not earned the blessings it enjoys," he said.
Looking to the future, he described the war with China as on that "is bound to come."
"When President Truman stopped MacArthur in Korea, he started the touble we have now," Rickenbacker said. "He had it won, but the President listened to England and the United Nations."

ANOTHER living entrant to the Hall of Fame could not be there last night.
Albert Cushing Read, the first Naval aviator, who also made the first transatlantic flight, was too ill to come.
The other six inducted are all deceased. They are Charles Edward Taylor, the mechanic for the Wright Brother and the man who built the first airplane engine; Alexander Graham Bell, better known for his telephone, but who also flew kits and airplanes; Thomes Etholen Selfridge, who studied under Bell and flew his aircraft, and become to first air fatality when he crashed while riding with Orville Wright in 1908; A. Roy Knabenshue, who did most of the work on American dirgibles; Eugene Burton Ely, who was the first man to land an airplane on a ship; and Alfred Austell Cunningham, the first Marine aviator.



Col. Glenn Presents Award to Col. Simms

The enshrinement ceremon-

marked the 62nd anniversary of the Wright brothers' first
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