Pikeville in Pike County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John Paul Riddle
Aviation pioneer graduated from Pikeville College Academy in 1920. Flew plane under Pikesville’s Middle Bridge on July 4, 1923. Trained as a pilot in US Army, he & T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Flying School in Cincinnati, 1925. Incorporated four years later as part of AVCO, which later became American Airlines.
Founded the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation in Miami, Fla. During WWII, trained pilots for U.S. and Britain. Later became Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. Inducted into the Ky. Aviation Hall of Fame and Fla. Aviation Historical Society. Received British Empire award and honorary degrees from Pikeville College & E-R Aeronautical Univ.
Erected 2007 by Pikeville-Pike Co. Tourism Commission, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2251.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 28.826′ N, 82° 31′ W. Marker is in Pikeville, Kentucky, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Pike Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pike Co. Courthouse and Jail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCoy House (about 700 feet away); Feudists on Trial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pikeville Collegiate Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Struggle for the Big Sandy Valley (approx. 11.2 miles away); The Battle of Ivy Mountain (approx. 11.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ivy Mountain (approx. 11.2 miles away); Daniel Boone's First Steps in Kentucky (approx. 15 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pikeville.
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1. John Paul Riddle.
John Paul Riddle was born in 1901. He was only an infant when the Wright brothers made their historic flight, but his life would be changed forever by aviation, and he in turn would change the lives of others through flying. Riddle developed a fascination with flight from a young age. He graduated from Pikeville College in 1920 and soon started performing daredevil flight tricks for local viewers’ entertainment. Riddle soon took his flying skills to the US (Submitted on November 14, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. John Paul Riddle.
Formerly a barnstormer and flying instructor for stunt pilots, John Paul Riddle was a pioneer in aviation history taking the controls only 17 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight. His career in aviation had taken him from the Embry-Riddle Flying School in 1926, winning the first Federal air mail contracts, to globe-trotting with Howard Hughes and the Prince of Wales. In 1934 he opened a charter seaplane service in Miami and in WW2 operated three schools in Florida and one in Tennessee for US and UK pilots. (Submitted on November 14, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. John Paul Riddle.
On December 17, 1925, exactly 22 years after the Wright Brothers' first flight, Riddle and T. Higbee Embry formed the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. Riddle had met Embry two years prior, while Riddle was barnstorming in Ohio. He had landed at Polo Field, offered Embry a ride in his plane, and from then on they were good friends. Riddle was named general manager, and the two began to sell Waco Aircraft in Cincinnati. In spring of 1926, the Embry-Riddle Company opened the Embry-Riddle Flying School. (Submitted on November 14, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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