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This Day in Georgia History

February 25, 1942

Rickenbacker Donated Training School Funds

Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker donated a $5,000 initial gift to start a training school fund to train aircraft workers in Cobb County to work at the new Bell Aircraft plant. The Rickenbacker Aircraft Training School opened for classes on November 9, 1942, with an initial class of fifty students and two instructors. Vocational schools, the NYA, and Georgia Tech were also involved in preparing a southern labor force to build airplanes. Other local workers were taken to the Bell company’s Buffalo, N.Y. plant to study the work done there. [Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]