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Chennault, Claire Lee (06 September 1893–27 July 1958), military officer and airline executive, was born in Commerce, Texas, the son of John Stonewall Jackson Chennault, a small-scale cotton grower, and Jessie Lee. Chennault grew up on a small farm in Franklin Parish in northeastern Louisiana. His mother died when he was eight years old. Two years later, his father married Lottie Barnes, a local schoolteacher. Educated in the nearby town of Gilbert, he entered Louisiana State University in 1909. Shortly thereafter, his stepmother, who had persuaded him to continue his education, died. “I was alone again,” he later wrote, “and really never found another companion whom I could so completely admire, respect, and love.”...

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Curtiss, Glenn Hammond (21 May 1878–23 July 1930), aeronautical inventor and manufacturer, was born in Hammondsport, New York, the son of Frank R. Curtiss, the owner of a harness shop, and Lua Andrews. After the death of his father in 1883, Curtiss was raised by his mother and his strong-willed grandmother Ruth Curtiss in the bucolic Finger Lake region of western New York. After graduating from the eighth grade in 1892, Curtiss secured a job stenciling numbers on the backing of photographic film for the Eastman Dry Plant and Film Company (later Eastman Kodak Company) of Rochester. The next year he purchased a bicycle and found employment as a messenger for Western Union....

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Douglas, Donald Wills (06 April 1892–01 February 1981), aeronautical engineer and airplane manufacturing executive, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of William Edward Douglas, a banker, and Dorothy Locker. He attended a Brooklyn elementary school and was later sent to the Trinity Chapel School in Manhattan, an Episcopal preparatory school. Douglas enjoyed a comfortable middle-class upbringing, spending considerable time sailing at the New York Yacht Club, where his father was a member. As a boy he also became enthralled with the exploits of ...

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Fokker, Anthony (06 April 1890–23 December 1939), aircraft designer and manufacturer, was born Anton Herman Gerard Fokker in Blitar, Java, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), the son of Herman Fokker, a Dutch coffee planter, and Anna Diemont. His life in Blitar, a small settlement in southeastern Java in the district of Kediri, was spent running free with the native children, but his family returned to the Netherlands when he was four. In Haarlem he proved to be an indifferent and rebellious student; in his memoir, ...

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Martin, Glenn Luther (17 January 1886–04 December 1955), aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer, was born in Macksburg, Iowa, the son of Clarence Y. Martin, a hardware and farm implements salesman, and Arminta “Minta” De Long, a former schoolteacher. His family moved to Liberal, Kansas, in 1888, then, in 1895, to Salina, where Martin would eventually begin working in carriage and bicycle shops. Martin’s mother played a significant role in his life; she actively supported him in his aeronautical ventures, and, as he never married, they were completely devoted to each other. Martin left high school after his sophomore year to take bookkeeping classes at Kansas Wesleyan Business College. In 1905 the family moved to Santa Ana, California, where the young Martin opened a successful Ford and Maxwell automobile dealership....

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Raymond, Arthur E. (24 March 1899–22 March 1999), aircraft designer, was born Arthur Emmons Raymond in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Walter Raymond and Hattie Lewis Raymond, prosperous owners of Pasadena's Raymond Hotel, a favorite winter stomping ground of wealthy easterners. Raymond grew up in a cottage on the hotel grounds. His interest in aviation was sparked by his flight over Los Angeles in a dirigible when he was fifteen. That experience led to his experimenting with aerial photography by mounting a camera on a tethered balloon and a twelve-foot kite. He graduated from Pasadena High School in 1917 and went east to study at Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1920. He spent the next year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), completing a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1921. Unable to find work in his chosen field, Raymond returned to California where he went into the hotel business with his father. While there he met and married, in 1921, Dorothy Lee of Pasadena, California; they had one son, Stanley Walter. Both preceded Raymond in death. In 1989, Raymond married Mimi Hunt, who died in 1993....

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Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon (08 October 1890–23 July 1973), aviator and airline executive, was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of William Rickenbacher, a construction worker and bridge builder, and Elizabeth Baseler. The son of Swiss immigrants, “Eddie” Rickenbacker’s formal education ended when he was thirteen and in seventh grade, after his father was fatally injured in a construction accident. He dropped out of school and began working twelve-hour night shifts in a factory to help support his family. His only academic preparations after that came from correspondence courses in mechanical and automotive engineering. He worked in a machine shop, an automobile garage, and for the Frayer-Miller Company, which manufactured automobiles....