Old Number One, Lithographic print, 20″ x 30″ Artist Proof only
Signed and numbered by the artist
World War I ace Captain Eddie Rickenbacker flying his well known SPAD.
America’s leading World War I ace, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker is shown flying his famous SPAD XIII Number 4523 in October 1918. The aircraft had been the first of these rugged aircraft to serve the formerly Nieuport equipped 94th Aero Squadron. The aircraft carries the squadron numeral “1” and the 94th’s emblem signifying Uncle Sam throwing his “hat in the ring” on America’s entry into World War I.
Rickenbacker was to score 18 of his confirmed victories in this aircraft in the remarkably short period between 24 September and 11 November of 1918.*