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"I can sum my career up in a word: I've been real lucky!"
J.H. Doolittle, Oral History, 1960
Anyone of a certain age who was alive and halfway warm during the 20th century knows who he was. We find him at Pitcairn Field December 11, 1928. As one of only 16 military landings at the Airfield, he was flying an unidentified Vought Corsair out of Mitchell Field, LI, NY. He entered no other information regarding passengers or destination.
Durng the 1930s he left the military and worked for Shell Oil Company promoting their aviation products. Commercially for Shell, among other duties, Doolittle was responsible for promoting 100 octane aviation fuel, which ultimately would be used to great advantage during WWII.
Besides setting records in both military and civil flying during the interbellum, Doolittle is the guy who led the Tokyo Raid on Japan early in WWII, for which he earned the Congressional Medal of Honor (ribbon, right sidebar). He also led the 12th Air Force in Africa and, later, the 15th Air Force in the Mediterranean and the 8th in England. He retired from the military February 28, 1959. There are many Web sources and biographies for him.
James Doolittle's biography is online at the Davis-Monthan Register Web site at the link. Besides his single landing at Pitcairn Field, he landed once at the Davis-Monthan Airfield on Sunday, October 9, 1927. Please click the link above and review his biography over at the Davis-Monthan site. It includes more information, photographs and links to an oral history. "Lucky" he was.
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