Born in Lynchburg in 1913, Col. Vincent W. "Squeek" Burnett learned to fly at age 16. By the mid-1930s, he was one of America's renowned aerobatic pilots and a member of the Flying Aces Air Circus. He performed such signature maneuvers as the Square Loop, Beer Bottle Loop, and Inverted Ribbon Cut. During World War II, Burnett served as technical advisor to Brig. Gen. James H. Doolittle and a demonstration pilot of the difficult to fly Martin B-26 Marauder bomber, nicknamed the "Widow-Maker." He successfully taught pilots to fly the B-26, which played an important role in America's World War II air effort. Burnett later retired to his nearby Lakemont farm and died in 1989.
Year On Marker: 2003
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Geographic Location: Campbell County
Physical Description of Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504. Located on Village Hwy (Rt. 24), 1 mile northeast of the intersection of Village Hwy (Rt. 24) and Co. Road 651. Marker is on the left when traveling northeast on Village Hwy (Rt. 24).
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