He sighed, let up the accelerator, pushed in the clutch, turned off the ignition and coasted to a stop by the side of the road. In the face of this, Rickenbacker grew uneasy about the escalating costs of racing.
Rickenbacker made national headlines again when President Franklin D.
Rickenbacker took to the skies near Billy, France, on voluntary patrol. At age 8, he had his first brush with death when he led his gang down a slide in a steel cart into a deep gravel pit. The flag went down, and Frayer let out the clutch and jammed the accelerator down. He bought a small ranch near Hunt, Texas, but it proved to be too remote, especially for his wife, Adelaide.
Eddie credited Adelaide with saving his life twice. A reduction in fares brought an immediate increase in passenger traffic. He was always able to make instant, no-nonsense decisions, and he was fair and loyal to his employees, despite his acidic manner.
Young Rickenbacker was admittedly a bad boy who smoked at age 5 and headed a group of mischievous youngsters known as the Horsehead Gang, but he was imbued with family values by frequent applications of a switch to his posterior by his strict father.
Rickenbacker endorsed many conservative ideas.