Eddie Rickenbacker, was a successful raceing driver, fighter pilot, airline executive, wartime advisor, and elder statesman.Other links relevant in this story:
He was born Edward Rickenbacher in Columbus, Ohio to Swiss immigrants. The American Ace of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, was a successful race car driver, fighter pilot, airline executive, wartime advisor, and elder statesman. Few aces achieved so much in so many different lifetime roles. His twenty-six aerial victories came in only two months of combat flying, a spectacular achievement.
From his job road-testing cars for Frayer-Miller, he made his way into automobile racing, racing for Fred Deusenberg, among others. He raced three times in the Indianapolis 500 and set a speed record of 134 MPH in a Blitzen Benz. He became one of the most successful race car drivers, earning $40,000 per year (in incredible sum at that time).