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Button has a white illustration of a single-wing airplane in flight and white text on a shaded brown and black background.
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YANK JUNIOR AIRPLANE SERIES RELIANCE MFG CO CHICAGO ILL.
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After President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced in 1934 that the Army Air Corps would take over airmail contracts, Eddie Rickenbacker flew the only DC-1 ever built from Los Angeles to New York to show that commercial airlines were qualified to carry the mail. The flight time of 12 hours, 3 minutes and 50 seconds set a transcontinental record for commercial aircraft. Rickenbacker was the top U.S. flying ace in World War I, with 26 victories. He received numerous awards, including the U.S. Medal of Honor and France's Croix de Guerre.