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Jimmy Doolittle in cockpit & flight gear - Image Source

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In the relatively short time that human beings have been flying, many have become well known to the general public for their exploits in the sky, while most were obscure and largely lost to history. The core of the Cradle of Aviation’s aviation personality collection were photographed at Roosevelt Field, which during the ‘Golden Age’ of aviation in the 1920’s and 30’s, was the center of the aviation world. Fliers, including the greatest names in aviation history, came from all over the country, indeed the world, just to fly or be seen here. By far the majority of aviators here however, never became famous and are now unknown. Only faded images survive showing that they were once part of the aviation world. Nonetheless, they each contributed to the advance of aviation by learning to fly, purchasing an airplane, or simply by making aviation a part of their lives.

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