David Blackburst Archive:
Captain Ferrie and Captain Eddie



From: blackburst@aol.com (Blackburst)
Subject: Captain Ferrie and Captain Eddie
Date: 24 Jun 2000 00:00:00 GMT
Message-ID: <20000624001111.05023.00000949@ng-ci1.aol.com>

This has nothing to do with the substantial issues debated here, but I thought I'd post it as an FYI. It came to my attention as I was researching a question asked here about David Ferrie's flying career.

On April 16, 1951, Ferrie landed a job as a pilot for Eastern Air Lines, a company managed by the legendary Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, the former race car driver and World War I flying ace. Ferrie and his employer had much in common:

*Both were born in Ohio: Rickenbacker in Columbus, Ferrie in Cleveland.

*Both considered themselves "born pilots".

*Rickenbacker was known for his bushy eyebrows and trademark felt hat. At least in his later years with EAL, Ferrie had unusual eyebrows and was seldom seen without his cap with captain's stripes.

*Rickenbacker was known as "Captain Eddie", while Ferrie soon became known as "Captain Ferrie", like his father.

*Both were strongly anti-communist.

*Both disliked women in the airline industry.

Just an interesting human sidelight.



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