Lots of little boys love fighter planes. But New York City--born Donald Lopez became so obsessed after watching the Oscar-winning 1927 silent film Wings that he took his first plane ride--in an open cockpit--at age 7. He went on to become a U.S. Air Force test pilot and World War II ace, part of the team that was the successor to the storied Flying Tigers fighters. Later, as a director of the Smithsonian, Lopez collaborated with Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins to plan and build the National Air and Space Museum. He was 84.

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