Diego CaceresEnglishMrs. SniderJanuary 18, 2018TheKing of Speed, James “Jimmy” DoolittleRoughDraft Introducing James Harold Doolittle, “One of thePrivileges of age is the opportunity to sit back in ponder what you’ve seen anddone over the years.
In my nine-plus decades, I’ve formed some views about lifeand living that I have freely imposed on trusting audiences, both readers andlisteners. I have concluded that we were all put on this earth for a purpose.That purpose is to make it, within our capabilities, a better place in which tolive. We can do this by painting a picture, writing a poem, building a bridge,protecting the environment, combating prejudice and injustice, providing helpto those in need, and in thousands of other ways.
The criterion is this: if aman leaves this earth a better place than he had found it, then his life hasbeen worthwhile.” Doolittle felt he had a purpose in life and that was to serveothers. He did this by increasing his knowledge so that he could improveaviation and aeronautics. The pilot, Jimmy Doolittle, has set many records andimproved aviation since the Wright brothers.
Jimmy Doolittle was an importantpilot in history and had a positive impact on the world because he solvedaviation dilemmas such as “fog flying” and other piloting hindrances.JimmyDoolittle was born to Rosa and Frank on December 14, 1896 was a gold prospectorand carpenter who moved back to LA with his mother. He was a gymnast and boxerthere. Jimmy had a passion for speed and loved racing his motorcycle; he evenbroke his leg and thought the motorcycle was way too slow. Jimmy successfullyboxed and earned $30 a fight until he met his future wife, Joe. Joe convincedJimmy to start college courses at Berkeley’s School of Mines.
Jimmyfound his passion at the Dominguez field in January 1910. First US aviationmeet west of Mississippi River. He decided to build a glider with a car pullinghim to launch. He crashed. He tried to add a motor and a freak storm destroyedhis chance to even fly it. He also was famous for racing planes, settingrecords and earning many trophies.
He learned that racing was not for him. (“Ihave yet to hear of anyone engaged in this work dying of old age’, and retiredform racing.”) He attended MIT to get a masters and doctoral degree inaeronautical engineering.Hebecame famous in the army and led the Tokyo raid in WWII to avenge PearlHarbor. He retired from the Army as a Lt-Gen. and worked for Shell Oil Company.
Ronald Regan promoted him to 4-star general in 1985. Technology disturbedDoolittle. (“The machine reached forward and man slipped back. Doolittlebelieved that a machine’s purpose is to serve man, he considered them useful ornot. Machines allow men to serve others, but they make individuals lazy.”Doolittle died on September 27, 1993.
Doolittleearned many doctorate degrees to gain knowledge and became an expert in allareas of aviation. He earned the doctorates of Law, Engineering, Science andMilitary Science. Jimmy’s master thesis earlier on in life was to the study ofstress on a plane before falling apart. This earned him much in notoriety. Hedocumented the effects of stress on planes, effects of G’s on pilots, and drewconclusions on causes of blackouts. The New York Times declared, “Aviation hasperhaps taken its greatest single step in safety,” because of Doolittle’sresearch with the Guggenheim project.
This project answered the problem of “fogflyin:g”, the greatest killer of pilot’s. Prior to this, Doolittle was earnedfame for flying blind in a Navy training plane, relying only on instruments.This taught pilots to trust their instruments.
Lastly, he was awarded thecongressional medal of honor twice for his heroism.Doolittleaffected the world in a positive way. He changed aviation drastically after theWright Brothers and made the innumerable improvements and contributions. He wasthe king of courage and helped pilots all around. He demonstrated this by beingthe first pilot to fly across the nation in less than a day.Doolittleportrays courage, honor, perseverance and a service. He is an example forsomeone like myself to follow.
“Your splendid accomplishment in winning theJacque Schneider once more proves America’s position among the nations of theworld. The victory has won through your superior knowledge of aeronautics. Itis especially pleasing because of the worth of your competitors.
The warDepartment is proud of you. I am certain the entire personnel of the AmericanArmy desires to add its congratulations.” James “Jimmy” Doolittle is a man tobe followed.