At the dedication of a new terminal at Port Columbus in 1958, Eddie Rickenbacker, right, stands almost at attention by the microphone as Columbus Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner reads a citation presented by the city to one of its most famous "air-age" native sons.

Rickenbacker's career took him from mechanic to professional race car driver and then to becoming the leading American fighter pilot in World War I, shooting down 26 German planes. He also was an executive for many years for Eastern Air Lines.

Rickenbacker died in 1973 and is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery.

The Rickenbacker International Airport in southeast Columbus is named in his honor.