Jimmy Doolittle: Introduction (01:09)
Doolittle was born in Alameda, California in 1896 and moved to Nome, Alaska. He achieved world recognition, earned the Medal of Honor, and made revolutionary contributions to aviation.
Promoting Aircraft (02:55)
Doolittle practiced flying techniques and in 1922, made the first coast to coast flight. He won several flying competitions and completed testing on the first instrument only flight in 1929.
Doolittle's Expanding Career (02:30)
Doolittle attended MIT, joined the Shell Oil Corporation, noted airplane development in Europe, and returned to active service in the Air Corps. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered the war.
Doolittle Raid (03:54)
Doolittle trained 18 Army Air Corps bomber crews in B-25 bombers and led them in the attack on Tokyo in April 1942.
Combat Command Mission (02:55)
Doolittle believed the mission was a failure and was shocked President Roosevelt awarded him the Medal of Honor. Doolittle received orders to take on the Luftwaffe in North Africa.
Confronting the Luftwaffe (02:19)
See archival footage of air combat in North Africa and Germany. Doolittle became commander of the 8th Air Force and directed strategic bombing in Germany.
Post-WWII Career (02:48)
Doolittle's contributions significantly impacted aviation weapons and tactics. He returned to the Shell Oil Company, helped create the U.S. Air Force, became an advisor to President Eisenhower, and became chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics.
Doolittle's Later Life (03:46)
Doolittle participated in AFA meetings, made speeches, and visited air shows. Hear President Reagan's tribute to Doolittle. Doolittle received his fourth star in 1985 and died in September 1993; the AFA honors him with a statue.
Credits: Legends of Air Power: Jimmy Doolittle (00:11)
Credits: Legends of Air Power: Jimmy Doolittle
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