People, Sep. 27, 1971

"There are some indications that he broke every rule in the book," boomed a loudspeaker. "But he broke some before they were on the books. In fact, there is evidence that the rules got on the books because of him." After that introduction, Lieut. General Jimmy Doolittle, now 74, whose record of rule breaking includes acrobatics at low altitudes, landing at a closed airport and buzzing a New Jersey gun club, was awarded honorary membership in the Air Line Pilots Association. At the ceremonies, Airman Doolittle, who became a hero in the 1942 raid...

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