Non Stop Flight New York to Puerto Rico

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Captain Eddie Rickenbacker speaking at the inaugural flight of Eastern Air Lines' non-stop service from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 26, 1951.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Outdoor recording in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of the dedication ceremonies for three planes by the triple-amputee Korean veteran Corporal Angel Gomez of the Fighting 65th Regiment and the inauguration of non-stop plane service between New York and Puerto Rico. Many other members of the 65th Regiment are involved in the ceremonies. Gomez makes his speech via direct line from Washington, D.C. Rickenbacker, President of Eastern Airlines and a veteran of World War I and II, is introduced by the general manager of WAPA, a radio station in San Juan.

Includes Spanish and English speeches.

Rickenbacker receives an award from the Boy Scouts of Puerto Rico.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68798
Municipal archives id: LT227