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In February 1934, Jack Frye and Captain [[Eddie Rickenbacker]], with a T&WA team of Tomlinson, Fritz and Richter set a transcontinental record of 13 hours and 4 minutes flying the [[DC-1|Douglas DC-1]]. In May 1934, Frye improved the score by flying a [[Northrop Gamma]] from Los Angeles to Newark in an elapsed time of 11:31.<ref>New York Times, 20 May 1934.</ref>
 
In February 1934, Jack Frye and Captain [[Eddie Rickenbacker]], with a T&WA team of Tomlinson, Fritz and Richter set a transcontinental record of 13 hours and 4 minutes flying the [[DC-1|Douglas DC-1]]. In May 1934, Frye improved the score by flying a [[Northrop Gamma]] from Los Angeles to Newark in an elapsed time of 11:31.<ref>New York Times, 20 May 1934.</ref>
   
In 1939, desiring greater control of their airline, Frye and Richter approached industrialist and film producer Howard Hughes to buy into the company. (Jack Frye stated in an April 6, 1954 issue of ''Life'' magazine that it was Hughes who approached him (Frye) in regard to investments.) Hughes' interest was airplanes, and his initial involvement was the development and financing of the [[Lockheed Constellation]] (the triple-tailed "Connies"). Frye and Hughes flew the Constellation on a record six hour 58 minute transcontinental flight on April 17, 1944.
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In 1939, desiring greater control of their airline, Frye and Richter approached industrialist and film producer [[Howard Hughes]] to buy into the company. (Jack Frye stated in an April 6, 1954 issue of ''Life'' magazine that it was Hughes who approached him (Frye) in regard to investments.) Hughes' interest was airplanes, and his initial involvement was the development and financing of the [[Lockheed Constellation]] (the triple-tailed "Connies"). Frye and Hughes flew the Constellation on a record six hour 58 minute transcontinental flight on April 17, 1944.
   
 
Frye received the Medal of Merit for wartime contributions as a civilian in December 1946.<ref>New York Times, 22 Dec. 1946.</ref>
 
Frye received the Medal of Merit for wartime contributions as a civilian in December 1946.<ref>New York Times, 22 Dec. 1946.</ref>

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